Former professional wrestler turned actor Dave Bautista is relieved after leaving the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Drax in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, calling the role “silly”.
For nearly a decade, Bautista played Drax for the “Guardians” franchise and made seven different appearances in MCU-related projects; however, he likely won’t return to the role after the release of “Guards of the Galaxy Vol. 3”.
“I am so grateful to Drax. I love it. But there is relief [that it’s over],” Bautista said in an interview with GQ Magazine. “It was not pleasant at all. It was hard to play this role. The makeup process was beating me. And I just don’t know if I want Drax to be my legacy – it’s a dumb performance, and I want to do more dramatic stuff.”
Recently, Bautista has landed a number of new dramatic roles in upcoming blockbuster films, including the upcoming sequel to “Dune” and M. Night Shyamalan’s “Knock at the Cabin.” He also appeared in “Glass Onion,” alongside Daniel Craig and Kate Hudson.
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“It’s by far the most I’ve ever spoken in a movie,” Bautista said of Shyamalan’s new thriller. “Just huge pages of monologues. We were shooting on film, which is very expensive. And we were shooting with one camera, so you don’t have the luxury of editing. This is your only opportunity – you need the perfect grip. It’s a lot of pressure.”
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The actor’s films will premiere throughout 2023, with ‘Knock at the Cabin’ releasing on February 3, the next film ‘Guardians’ on May 5, followed by ‘Dune: Part Two’ on November 3. .
“Honestly, I couldn’t care less [about being a movie star],” Bautista told GQ. “I don’t live a big, glamorous life. I live here in Tampa. I don’t care about the spotlight, I don’t care about fame. I just want to be a better actor. I want the respect of my peers. I don’t need braces – I really don’t, man. It’s about the experience, knowing that I’ve accomplished something.”
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