You may know of Dave Bautista if you’re a WWE Fan but after watching Guardians Of The Galaxy I get the feeling he’ll now be known for his role as Drax the destroyer. While he does have the physical capability to destroy (both on screen and off…have you seen those muscles?), that’s not who he is in real life. Not only is he strong, he’s also smart, loves his fans and he is passionate about acting. Considering how well he did in this film, I’m hoping we’ll be seeing more of him.
Here’s what Dave Bautista had to say…
How much did your WWE training help prepare you for this movie?
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 I 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.
Were you in makeup for hours at a time?
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 to put on and an hour to take off.
Did makeup limit your movements at all?
A little bit because there was prosthetics that were all glued on, so it did limit me a little bit, but not tremendously.
What do you think attracted you most to the role of Drax?
it’s easy because he’s a nut job…I’ve been wanting to do a role that was multi-layered, a character with a little bit of an emotional range which is something that I needed for my career because I think people have a certain perception of me…
What was your most memorable moment while filming?
There was one day where James, I think for his own amusement, decided to make the whole cast and crew dance. It was weird because there was a huge outdoor scene and there must have been two hundred extras on set and for some reason, it just turned into a big thing. So when we were shooting it, Chris started doing his thing (dancing), and then he pointed to Ronin, and Ronin started dancing. I wasn’t aware of what was going on. I had no idea. I was watching him and I thought, okay, that’s Lee. He’s messing around. But then he point back to Chris, and then Chris pointed at Gamora and so everyone’s dancing, and I was like, what the hell. And then I went, like, oh no. So Chris points to me and so I did some big goofy dance and then I pointed back to him, and then I could hear James laughing, and he starts saying “extras, start dancing”, and literally, it turned into this big rave. It was hysterical.
What do you hope audiences take away from your character?
I think when people see Drax, they automatically think that he’s gonna be a kind of one-noted character and that all he’s good for is fighting and chopping people’s heads off and stuff like that. The way I approached the character was never really looking at Drax as a warrior, but more as a father and a husband. I hope that people will see that that’s basically who he is and all his rage just comes from heartbreak, and not so much because he’s just hell bent on cutting people’s heads off, you know? He’s really just heartbroken over the loss of his family.
What’s it like taking on the role of an iconic hero? Were you a fan growing up?
I had no idea who they were before I got this role. I had absolutely no idea which I think this is gonna be a challenge right off the bat because it’s not one of your mainstream comics.
Did you love super heroes growing up? If so, which?
[LAUGHS] So I always feel guilty when I’m asked this question because I’m a Marvel guy but Batman was my guy. I have the whole Dark Knight series and also when I was a very young kid, for some reason Aquaman was my favorite.
How did this role compare with your expectations on what it would be like?
I don’t know if I really had any expectations…it’s just kinda starting to hit me how big it actually is. I knew that the role would change my career and change my life. I’ve been pounding the pavement for years since I left wrestling. It was hard for me to leave wrestling because that was my bread and butter. I mean, that’s how I made a career; how I made a living for ten years and it was scary leaving it behind. It’s taking a chance on myself because I didn’t have offers coming out of wrestling. I just left it to pursue acting. I don’t think I knew what to expect. I was just of hoping for the best.
Do you have the Drax doll already?
Yeah. It’s sitting on my kitchen counter.