Dave Bautista says there’s a “relief” to finish his race as guardians of the galaxy‘s Drax as he turns to more dramatic roles in his future.
in a new QG profile, the Glass Onion star talks about his career trajectory from WWE to the big screen, as well as his personal acting ambitions. The actor acknowledges he’s in a period of transition, a time when he’s closing the door on the MCU franchise and his comedic persona that helped launch his acting career and a future in more dramatic work.
“I am so grateful to Drax. I love it,” the actor said. “But there is relief [that it’s over]. All was not pleasant. 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 silly performance, and I want to do more dramatic stuff.
Bautista has portrayed the Kylosian alien for nearly a decade, across multiple films and the latest guardians of the galaxy holiday special for Disney+. From now on, the actor looks towards his turn in Denis Villeneuve Dunes sequel, which follows their collaboration on the first film as well as Blade Runner 2049. The actor says working with Villeneuve, especially in a lead role, is one of his goals for a very specific reason.
“If I could be number one [on the callsheet] with Denis, I would do it for free,” he said. “I think that’s how I was able to discover how good I could be. He brings out the best in me. He sees me in a different light, sees the performer I want to be. Maybe that’s how I’ll solve the riddle.
by Bautista Glass Onion The director supports his star’s ambitions, telling the magazine that the person in Hollywood who gives “Dave a real dramatic lead role in a movie” will end up “looking like a genius.”
the Dunes The star revealed he once felt shit about how he was perceived by his peers, noting that Javier Bardem, his co-star in the epic sci-fi sequel, once shared a “damn surreal” moment. ” with Bautista who gave the Guardians star a boost of confidence in her more serious on-screen ambitions.
The moment came after Bardem – who had already done press with Bautista for the first Dunes movie – attended an early screening of the Netflix thriller, which saw the Bautista co-star “dancing in the aisles”, according to QG. “Our conversations after that were different. Which, to me, was all screwed up.
These are the kind of moments that Bautista says he is looking for more. “I never wanted to be the next Rock,” he explained. “I just want to be a fucking good actor. A respected actor.
“Honestly, I don’t give a fuck [about being a movie star],” he added. “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 praise – I really don’t need it, man. It’s about the experience, knowing that I’ve accomplished something.