The legendary wrestler Dave Bautista is taking his second go-round as the big, but loveable, and quirky Drax in the latest Guardians of the Galaxy movie and he does not disappoint. Awkward, yet always funny Drax is one of my favorites from the movie. Mostly impart to the few times I’ve had the opportunity to interview Mr. Bautista. He’s always so sincere and has a quiet sense of calm to him that is always nice amidst a chaotic day. Dave Bautista has heard no a lot throughout his career as both a wrestler and an actor and he is always breaking down the sterotype of big guys. During the press junket for the film, he sat down and chatted with us Mom Bloggers. So let’s get right to the interview!
Q: So, in this movie Drax really came to the forefront in a more prominent role. How excited were when you saw that in the script for the first as opposed to the first movie and your role in that?
DB:You’re not gonna like this answer. [CHUCKLES] When I first read the script, I wasn’t crazy about it. This is my initial reaction when I usually get a script I go over my dialogue first. So, I read over my dialogue and for one I was expecting them to go a different direction with Drax. I thought he was gonna be more of the destroyer. I thought he was gonna be a more comic book Drax and then I realized they were going — they were digging more into the funny bits. I don’t find myself funny at all, so when I was reading these lines I was like they’re not funny. I just didn’t really get ‘em and I read the script, and I thought, wow, this is really a great script. It’s deep. It’s emotional, but I still was a little bit disappointed about my part. Then the first day we did our table read, I realized it was hysterical. I just had a completely different outlook on it as a whole. Yeah.
Q: So now that you’ve seen this one like a couple of times and you see yourself and how funny and it all put together, can you talk about the experience of seeing it put together?
DB:Okay, well, let me tell — talk about the whole film first. I think it’s beautiful. I like it’s better than the first film. It’s weird. It’s one of the things I feel like the more and more we get into film, the more I am sucked into it and there are certain beats I just [SNIFFS] –. I just sniffle up — [CHUCKLES] — and I just get so emotionally like invested in this film. I felt that the first one I thought was fun and exciting and some parts were very emotional, but not like this one. I felt like I was just totally absorbed in this film. As far as watching me on film, I just cringe. I just like don’t watching myself on film. It’s just uncomfortable. And last night at the premiere I just — every time I was on the screen like and I knew I was gonna say something I just kinda put my head down and just try to get through it. I just don’t like it. I’m just uncomfortable with it.
Q: What do you hope for your character moving forward?
DB: Yeah, good question. If I had some input in it, I would say — what I’d really love is for people to have a visual, you know, a face, a name to put with a face. I’d love if they would actually show Drax’s family. You know, some of the race of beings that he comes from. I’d like to see more Drax, more people with different tattoos and just that race of people. I’d really think it would be great if the audience could just have a visual of Drax’s family.
But as far as storylines, yeah, I have no idea on that. Yeah, so wherever they wanna take us.
Q: Can you tell us a little bit about your makeup process?
DB: No, yeah. It’s most my body [LAUGHS], but actually it’s not bad. It takes about an hour and a half now. On the first film — and that’s kind of a bad day. On the first film it took like four to six hours. It was just like these bit sheets of silicone, but it’s like these glue transfers that they have. And it takes about an hour a half. It’s really hard to get off, but otherwise it goes on really fast and I can’t complain. I didn’t have any — I think regularly Zoë and Karen had like two, three am pickups. I didn’t have that experience at all. I had it really good on this one.
Q: Looking from the outside in, we can all tell this is a whirlwind. It’s like a tornado going on. How do you, on your downtime, get centered again?
DB: I go home to Tampa and I hide. I do. I live in a regular neighborhood. Like where I’m at is very close to MacDill Air Force Base, and I’m surrounded by all military families. It’s just kind of a normal neighborhood. And my wife just really — she shies away from the spotlight. She doesn’t like it. So, it’s just like real life and I like being there. I’m very content there, ’cause like all this attention and the spotlight very uncomfortable for me.
I tell people like that — ’cause nobody really gets it, man, when we’re walking like down the red carpet and they’re saying, oh, this is great. And I’m like for me it’s not. It’s like, you know, I enjoy it. I don’t hate it, but it’s just — at the same time it’s just overwhelming for me. I think a lotta people have a hard time relating why that would be overwhelming, especially when they look at what I’ve done for a living, you know, with wrestling and everything being out there in the spotlight. I did it, ’cause I love it. I was passionate about it. That doesn’t mean I was always like super comfortable. I did it because I wanted to step outside of my career zone and pursue my dreams, which is terrifying.
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.
***Disclosure: I attended the #GotGVol2Event My flight, lodgings, and expenses were covered by Disney All opinions are 100% mine. ***