Disclaimer: Disney, Marvel, Dreamworks & ABC Family sent me to Los Angeles on an all-expenses paid press trip, in exchange for my coverage of these events, including my interview with Dave Bautista as Drax from Guardians of the Galaxy. All opinions are my own.
Did you see “Guardians of the Galaxy” this weekend”?
With a number like $94 million, I’m excited to announce “Guardians of the Galaxy” had the biggest opening in August history!
It’s been an incredible honor to have been part of the “Guardians of the Galaxy” press tour interviewing such an amazing cast. And while I’ve already brought you my interviews from Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, and Zoe Saldana (see below for links), this week I’ve got more…..starting with Dave Bautista.
Let me give you a brief introduction and let Dave say a few words:
Now onto the interview and my impressions of Dave, aka Drax.
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I had some preconceived notions about Dave Bautista. After all, he’s a former professional wrestler turned actor.
I couldn’t have been more surprised by the man who sat in front of me two weeks ago.
Soft-spoken. Incredibly soft-spoken. For a man who has incredible strength and towers over everyone, you just don’t expect this.
A gentleman. You could tell throughout the interview by his demeanor and answers that he really is a gentleman. You take away the television cameras, makeup and weapons, and you see Dave, and I liked him.
In fact, Dave discussed this when asked why he was attracted to the role of Drax.
“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, 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.”
I agree….he’s not that guy I perceived at all.
Drax is an interesting character, definitely not one-noted. Dave wants Drax to be thought of as a father and husband…….and after seeing the film, I can see him as that.
“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, on cutting people’s heads off, you know? He’s really just heartbroken over the loss of his family.”
But you’ve got to see the film, because let’s face it, the makeup alone (which took 4 hours to apply and 1/5 hours to remove) makes Drax a little intimidating. 🙂
Dave’s favorite filming moment:
“There was one day where James (Gunn, director), I think for his own amusement decided to make the whole cast and crew dance. It was weird because there was the huge out- outdoor scene and must have been two hundred extras, on set, and for some reason, it just turned into a big thing- did you guys all watch the film?
So when Star Lord was to distract Ronin, and was doing a dance. Okay, so we were shooting that, and there was all those extras on set. So when we were shooting it, Chris started doing his thing, and then he pointed to Ronin, and Ronin started dancing. I, wasn’t aware of what was going on. I had no idea.
And I was watching him and I thought, okay, you know, that’s Lee. He’s messing around. But then he point back to Chris, and then Chris pointed- 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 I was like, god damn. So I did some big goofy, and then I pointed back to him, and then James- I could hear James laughing, and he starts saying, uh, okay background- extras, start dancing, and literally, it turned into, like, three hundred people.
And it was like, okay, crew, dance, and then get everybody just dancing, so it literally, it, like, turned into this big rave. It was hysterical.”
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At one point I was able to ask Dave Bautista a question directly…..
How did this role compare with your expectations on what it would be like?
“You know, it’s, it’s weird. I really didn’t have 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 mean, really pounding the pavement for years since I left wrestling. It, it was hard for me to leave wrestling because that was my bread and butter. I mean, and 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.”
What an amazing guy! I’m a new fan!
Be sure to check out my Guardians of the Galaxy Movie Review – including parent guidance.
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