Interview With Dave Bautista “Drax the Destroyer” Guardians of the Galaxy
While in L.A. for the Guardians of the Galaxy Press Junket, we spent about 15 minutes interviewing Dave Bautista. We asked about his WWE experience, the auditioning process, his upcoming roles, and so much more.
Dave Bautista plays “Drax” in the amazing new Marvel film “Guardians of the Galaxy”. James Gunn made a perfect choice when he chose Bautista to play this role. If you have seen the movie, you know what I mean. Bautista knocks it out of the park. His WWE body size/shape is perfect for this character. But, he let us know that his WWE Training really didn’t prepare him for this role at all. Which definitely surprised me! We also learned he hopes to land more acting roles, and he prefers roles that are more dialogue driven. And the most surprising thing I learned about Dave Bautista, is that he doesn’t spend as much time in the gym as we all think he does. Hmph. I wish I had those genes!
Question : How much did your WWE training help prepare you for this movie?
Dave: None, none all.
Question : Really?
Dave: No, it’s weird because it’s so different. But, I guess being athletic helped me a little bit. I picked up on stuff, kinda easy. But still, it’s just so different from anything that I’d ever done. We had really good stunt guys and kinda relied on them for their advice, and they showed me how to do stuff, and I would do it, I’d mess it up and they’d say, well, try it this way if it’s easier. And I’d say no, I like the way you did it because it looks cool that way. So just show me how to do it that way, and I’d just do it and do it until I picked up on it.
Question: Were you in makeup for hours at a time?
Dave: Yeah, it typically took about four hours to apply and about an hour and a half to take off. But it varied. When we first started, it was longer to put it on; longer to take it off. But toward the end of the film, it was about three hours, actually, to put on- an hour to take off.
Question: Did makeup limit your movements at all?
Dave: A little bit, yeah, it did a little bit. Yeah, because there was all theprosthetics, they were all glued on, so it did limit me a little bit, but not, not tremendously. I mean, considering, the visual and the makeup.
Question : What do you think attracted you most to the role of Drax?
Dave: Oh, it’s easy. It was because he’s a nut job. It’s because I’ve been wanting to do a role that wasn’t one noted. You know, it’s kinda multi-layered, so a character with a little bit of an emotional range, which is something that I needed for my career, really bad because I think people have a certain perception of me leaving wrestling that they just saw me as that guy, and I’m really not
that guy at all.
Question: Did you have to audition for the role?
Dave: Yeah, I had to audition- I think it was the first two initial auditions, but I think I went back for, I wanna say, maybe another audition; maybe another two auditions, and then I think two or three screen tests and makeup tests. It was a lengthy process. It was just over about three and a half to four months. And even when I got the part, I think it was another month or so before I could even acknowledge to anyone, publicly, that I got the part.
Question: So what’s next?
I’m gonna do a remake of Kickboxer. I’ll be an updated Tong Po. Right now, as far as, career wise, that’s all I have.
If you have not checked out the movie yet, I highly recommend it!
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