Dave Bautista in full costume as his character Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was pretty incredible. Getting to snap a picture with him in costume was even better!!!
There is also a soft side to this tough guy as you can see from the picture where he is actually smiling (because we have that affect on the tough guys)…
Before we got all cozy in the photos, we sat down and chatted with Dave Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2.
Here’s what he had to say…
Dave and James Gunn’s feeling about his character
You know what I love most about him 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…But to be that guy and look that way, but then to make people laugh, I think is the challenge. And 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 a bigger role in this film…James get 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…”
His relationship with Mantis
“[LAUGH] I don’t know what’s safe to say without getting in trouble. [LAUGH]
I will say Mantis and Drax definitely make a connection. It’s probably not the connection most people are going to expect or that people might be reading into, but definitely a connection. I think that people have to remember that the heart of Drax is his heartbreak over his family so I don’t think there’s ever gonna be that next love interest for Drax.”
On his costume
“It’s awesome, because the first film, like if we got it done in four hours on the first film, it was great, it was a great day. I mean, everybody was celebrating. This one is like an hour and a half at the most…‘cause it’s a whole new system they’re using…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 silicone on the first one. Now they’re just transferred…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…it’s so fast now it’s not even an issue. It’s uncomfortable and it smells bad.”
On whether or not he grew up reading comic books
“Not so much. You know, I usually got my superhero fix from TV and later on movies, like everybody else, cartoons of course. I was more that kid sitting in front of the television or going to the movies, than I was to sit down and read a comic book or any type of book, not because I was stupid but I had issues reading. I still do have a little dyslexia going on, so I still struggle a bit. And it’s hard for me to sit down and read a book.”
The message he hopes people walk away with
“I have a great answer for that, or an easy answer for that, I don’t know if it’s great. And I, I’m afraid to say it because I don’t want to give away too much of the storyline, but there is an answer to that and there is a great message in this film. I’m gonna pass on that.”
Be sure to check back in each day this week for what it was like to be on the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Set and interviews with Chris Pratt (“Peter Quill”), Zoe Saldana (“Gamora”), Michael Rooker (“Yondu”), Karen Gillan (“Nebula”) and Director James Gunn.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters May 5th!
**I was invited by Disney/Marvel to attend this top secret Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Set press trip to share my experience with my readers. However, All opinions are my own.