Running into Dave Bautista on the set of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is a little intimidating at first. First of all, he’s M-A-S-S-V-E. He’s a big guy and covered in the most intricate prosthetic makeup ever. It makes him truly look like a bad ass alien from another planet with all these cool carvings/tattoos. Then he opens his mouth and is one of the most polite people ever. He’s intelligent to boot. We had just watched him filming the last scene in the new super bowl spot that aired on Sunday and he was literally flying through the air doing wire work…while holding another actress.while looking sexy as all get out. I know. I know I’m getting sidetracked here, but you would too. Now let’s get to the interview:
Q: What’s it like to be back with your Guardians of the Galaxy family?
DB: It’s awesome. It’s so weird ‘cause when, uh, we first came (it was the) first reoccurring role for me, so it was weird because I actually — now I got to be part of the screen testing process rather than, you know, screen testing for myself. But also I just, I realized how comfortable I was in the role. When I watched the first film I can see that I transitioned from being like very nervous and very uncomfortable to being very comfortable and really getting and also being comfortable on a big set, ‘cause it was a huge deal for me.
That was my first really huge film. We all know each other. We spent so much time together not only on the first film but also like on the press tour. We spent a lot of time together. So we all got to be like really close. Especially when we were in London because we really only had each other to really kind of lean on, you know, ‘cause we were foreigners in a foreign country, you know, making this film and nobody really knew what to expect from it. We all got really close so, yeah, we’re like family.
Q: Can you tell us a little bit about your makeup process?
DB:It’s awesome, because the first film, like if we got it done in four hours on the first film, it was a great day. I mean, everybody was celebrating. This one is like an hour and a half at the most. But the thing is, is now the, ‘cause it’s a whole new system they’re using, and it’s so funny they attack me with these — they used to just dab on the paint and that’s how they started the process. Now they attack me with paint rollers. There’s like five guys rolling paint, and then there’s other stuff too.
The tattoos were actually sheets of latex on the first — sheets of silicone on the first one. Now they’re just transferred so all of these are like individual, like they’re glue. They’re moldings of glue so they stick on to me, but also it’s very hard to get off. So at the end of the day I sit in the sauna for about an hour and I sit there and I kind of start to really sweat it off, and they come and start to peel it off of me. So but still, it’s so fast now it’s not even an issue. It’s uncomfortable and it smells bad.
Q: How does it feel looking back at the first movie? How is that?
DB: It’s weird. And it is one of those things where like we just, we didn’t know. Nobody knew, and we weren’t gonna know until after the opening weekend. Then after the opening weekend everybody was just sitting around like in shock, ‘cause not only people, you know, it did, not only did it do as well as we were hoping but it did way better than that. I mean, it was like breaking records, so it was great. It really kind of felt satisfying ‘Cause we all believed in it. We knew it was gonna be great. You just don’t know until people actually come out, and then you start to get the reviews and the reviews are just so great. I mean, there was like, you know, out of 1,000 reviews, you might get like one negative comment. But even, you know, they would say but all in all it was great, but in one little negative comment. It was really, really satisfying.
Q: What do you love about playing this character?
DB: You know what I love most about him, I think, is that he is not what people expect. Like when I did the first one, I think people expected Drax to be a certain way, and James went the totally opposite way with him, uh, ‘causee if you take a big guy and he looks menacing and he looks terrified, it’s easy to be that guy on screen, you know? You growl a lot, you snarl a lot, you cut people’s heads off and it’s easy. There’s just nothing challenging about it. But to be that guy and look that way, but then to make people laugh, you know, I think is the challenge. I think that’s the fun part, and that’s what I love about Drax. I think it’s fair to say that there’s a lot more of that in this film. I think Drax just has, he has a bigger role in this film. I think he struck a chord with people in the first film. James gets a real kick out of writing for Drax.I know that he does ‘cause we’ll sit there and we read and he just laughs and laughs and laughs. And also when I deliver the lines that he’s written, I can hear him laughing. I know he’s amused by it, so I know he really loves the character and my role has definitely increased in this film.
Q: What’s your typical day like on set?
DB: It’s weird, this has been a really, it’s been really structured. Usually we come first thing in the morning, and my typical pickup time would be about 4:30, 5, come in, do my makeup and we’re usually right on set and we stay on set. We do a running day. We run a 10-hour day. So we don’t have like lunch breaks, we don’t go and chill for an hour. That’s it. Usually we come and we eat on set and we hang out on set. You know, whatever we do once we get to set, we’re usually on set for the rest of the day. Then we wrap and I go hit the sauna. [LAUGH]
Q: What’s been the hardest scene to keep a straight face?
DB: Oh, there’s been more than a few. There’s been quite a few. It’s weird because sometimes I typically get during, like if I have a close-up because, you know, sometimes when you’re off camera you’re not so much into it so when you’re off camera you’re more likely to smile and laugh at the scene as more of a spectator rather than being in the scene as an actor. And a lot of times when I will do my close-up and I have to deliver these lines very straight-faced but they’re funny, funny lines, and Zoe will just start laughing at me off camera or Chris will start laughing. I have to say stop laughing, ‘cause once I get the giggles, everybody gets the giggles. There’s a lot of that in this film ‘cause the script is just, it’s just so funny, just so well-written and so funny.
Q: What’s one thing you would like to see for your character?
DB: Well I like to see my character in The Avengers. [LAUGH] You know, this is wishful thinking. I’d like to see my character stick it to but that’s just me. Those are personal things. Otherwise, I’m pretty satisfied with the character. He’s actually more than I ever thought he could be or really wished that he could be. I have to give a lot of credit to James for that. He’s been the creative mind behind Drax but he’s really just, I think he’s really created an incredible character.
About the Movie
Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2” continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” blasts into theaters on May 5, 2017
Day Three has begun and is not done yet! Make sure to check back in every day this week for tons of more coverage about all things Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Next up: Michael Rooker (“Yondu”) interview!
***Disclosure: I attended the #GOTGVol2 Event My flight, lodgings, and expenses were covered by Disney All opinions are 100% mine. ***