I have to give a Galaxy-sized thank you to Disney & Marvel Studios for hosting me during the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Event.
When Dave Bautista walked into the room for our interview with him, I was completely shocked. Not at his size (which is quite impressive in and of itself), but of his calm, quiet energy. Dave is completely opposite Drax, his character in Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2. Where Drax is loud and unafraid to say whatever comes to his mind, Dave was quiet and calculated with his answers. Where Drax is brash, Dave is reserved. Where Drax wants the glory for doing a job, Dave wants solitude with his family. The one thing Drax and Dave have in common is that killer physique.
Dave wound up being my favorite of all the cast interviews. I loved his humility, his calm and quiet nature, and the fact that there was no bravado. He’s just a self-proclaimed kind of awkward guy who lives in a regular neighborhood and has a wife who also shies away from the spotlight. It was such a stark contrast to the stars we usually interview, but not only that, it made me appreciate Dave’s raw talent for acting. I was expecting Drax to walk into the interview, but what I got was peace and a giant, humble teddy bear.
Read on to dive into the mind of Dave Bautista with these interesting tidbits, straight from the Destroyer’s mouth, like this one where he admits he wasn’t crazy about the script when he first read it.
When I first read the script, I wasn’t crazy about it. When I get a script I go over my dialogue first. So, I read over my dialogue and I was expecting them to go a different direction with Drax. I thought he was gonna be more of the destroyer. I thought he was gonna be a more comic book Drax, and then I realized they were digging more into the funny bits, and I don’t find myself funny at all. When I was reading these lines I was like ‘They’re not funny.’ I just didn’t really get ‘em. Then I read the script, and I thought, ‘Wow, this is really a great script. It’s deep. It’s emotional.’ but I still was a little bit disappointed about my part. And then the first day we did our table read, I realized it was hysterical. Then I had a completely different outlook on it as a whole.
Dave likes Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 better than the first film. He feels like there is so much more emotion in Volume 2, and he feels personally emotionally invested in it.
I think it’s beautiful. I like it’s better than the first film. It’s one of things I feel like the more and more we get into film, the more I am sucked into it and there’s certain parts where I just sniffle up, and I just get so emotionally invested in this film. I felt that the first one I thought was fun and exciting and some parts were very emotional, but not like this one.
Yes, Dave Bautista said “sniffle up” and he even mimicked sniffling up for us.
He hates watching himself on screen. I know, crazy, right? Because if I looked like the female version of Dave, I’d want to watch myself ALL the time.
As far as watching myself on film, I just cringe. I just don’t like watching myself on film. It’s uncomfortable. Last night at the premiere, every time I was on the screen and I knew I was gonna say something, I just kinda put my head down and just try to get through it.
I just don’t like it. I’m uncomfortable with it.
Dave doesn’t want to see Drax ever have a love connection.
It’s the root of who Drax is, Drax lives for his heartbreak, He’s just too heartbroken. I don’t think he’ll ever have a romantic connection with anyone.
Believe it or not, Dave doesn’t believe his career in Wrestling helped him prepare for the role of Drax.
Someone recently was making the comparison [between his performance as Drax and wrestling], and I said ‘there’s no comparison.’ I said ‘wrestling is so big and so broad and such a big, improvisational physical performance, and acting is so intimate.’ He goes, ‘Yeah, but Drax is so big. He’s so larger than life.’ And I never really thought about it, but he really is. So, maybe subconsciously it does help a little bit, because….
Dave is absolutely nothing like Drax in real life.
Drax is definitely not who I am. He’s big and boisterous and a little bit egotistical and proud. And I’m just, you know, I’m not that. I’m much more self-conscious and understated.
Dave has hopes and dreams for Drax’s future with the Guardians, particularly as they relate to his deceased family.
If I had some input in it, I would say what I’d really love is for people to have a visual, a face, a name to put with a face, and I’d love if they would actually show Drax’s family. You know, some of the race of beings that he comes from. I’d like to see more Drax, more people with different tattoos and just that race of people.
I agree. More tattoos!
His makeup process only took about 1.5 hours each day! Seriously, you guys. There’s not much to “fix” there.
It takes about an hour and a half now. On the first film it took like four to six hours. It was just these bit sheets of silicone, but now it’s these glue transfers that they have, and it takes about an hour a half. It’s really hard to get off, but otherwise it goes on really fast and I can’t complain.
Dave has ADD!
When he talked about on-set chemistry, he mentioned that he has ADD (hi, I’m also a member of that club!) and how his cast mates are super cool about it, especially Zoe Saldana, whose interview you can read here.
Sometimes I still get inside my head and self-conscious about, but I know at the end of the day, they know I have ADD and I zone off quite a bit. Sometimes I’ll zone off and I can hear Zoë going, ‘David. David, where are you?’ And she’s like really sweet about it and she just kinda accepts it at the end.
He admitted that the Guardians will be in the next Avengers film, and gave us a little easter egg of information about it.
I can tell you this. We’re in the Avengers.
I’m kidding, I’m kidding. He did give us a little more information about it.
My fear going into the Avengers was that they were gonna try to make us into characters that we weren’t, they were gonna take their version of the Guardians and try to go with that and not let us be James Gunn’s Guardians. It was completely opposite. For one, we had the luxury of the fact that James did a lot of the writing for us. And also when we showed up the, Russo brothers were just so encouraging of us being our characters.
We have a certain way of doing things, I mean we’d done two films together, so we just bounce off each other. Chris hardly ever says anything that’s actually on page. He says it a bunch of different times and a bunch of different ways. So, that’s just the way we do things. We bounce and we’re very flexible, and they were just very encouraging of just letting us do things our way.
Not only that but they really liked it. A lot of times we would say something that wasn’t even on page, wasn’t even close to what was on page, and they’d come running on like, ‘What was that you said on the last take?’ And we’d say it again. They’d say, ‘Yeah, do that again!’ They just kinda let us be ourselves. It was great.
To recharge after filming and the whirlwind of promoting a movie, Dave likes to go home to Tampa to recharge away from the madness.
I go home to Tampa and I hide. I live in a regular neighborhood, and I’m surrounded by all military families. It’s just kind of a normal neighborhood. My wife just shies away from the spotlight, she doesn’t like it. So, it’s just real life and I like being there, I’m very content there, All this attention and the spotlight very uncomfortable for me.
Walking the red carpet at premieres is uncomfortable for Dave, but he loves what he does, so he deals with it because it’s just all part of the gig.
When we’re walking like down the red carpet people are saying, ‘Oh, this is great!’ And I’m like ‘For me it’s not.’ I enjoy it, I don’t hate it, at the same time it’s just overwhelming for me. I think a lotta people have a hard time relating why that would be overwhelming, especially when they look at what I’ve done for a living, with wrestling and being out there in the spotlight. I did it, because I love it. I was passionate about it. That doesn’t mean I was always super comfortable. I did it because I wanted to step outside of my comfort zone and pursue my dreams, which is terrifying.
Fitness is a lifestyle for Dave. When I saw Dave at the premiere, I couldn’t help but notice how good he looked in his pants and I had to know how he keeps himself in such good shape, because WOW. It turns out Dave finally came alive the first time he stepped foot in a gym, and he just lives the life now. His answer was a stark contrast to Chris Pratt’s answer about keeping the weight off, which you can read in his interview here.
It’s it’s a lifetime thing for me. It’s a commitment thing. I think people expect me to have a certain personality because of the way I look, and I always tell people – I look the way I do because of the personality that I have. The only place I ever felt comfortable was working out. I just felt like I was a fish put back in water. I felt like I could just do this on my own, It just made me feel good. It made me feel more confident, and that’s why I look the way I do.
It’s just because of my self-consciousness on the inside, not because I had this personality where I feel like I have to be the biggest guy in the room. So, it’s just something I do. It’s a life commitment for me. On days that I’m makeup, I just can’t work out, but I watch what I eat and instead of being driven from here to there, which is sometimes ridiculous, sometimes you’re being driven across the street, I’ll just walk off the set and I’ll run from here to there or jog or whatever. I do a lot of pushups in my trailer or free squats on set when we’re standing there doing nothing just to keep my blood flowing.
So just little things like that. Being conscious and aware of it but also having that thing internally which says that working out just makes me feel better. It just makes me get through the day easier, yeah.
I so totally know what he means because I didn’t work out yesterday and I had no motivation to do much of anything. It was a hard day.
In case you missed it, check out my review of Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 and make sure you buy your advance tickets NOW!
Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is written and directed by James Gunn and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, featuring Vin Diesel as Baby Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, Sean Gunn, Tommy Flanagan, Laura Haddock, with Sylvester Stallone, and Kurt Russell. Kevin Feige is producing, and Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jonathan Schwartz, Nikolas Korda and Stan Lee are the executive producers. Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” blasts into theaters on May 5, 2017.