<font color=red>EXCLUSIVE</font>:  Dave Bautista On Drax And GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

Drax the Destroyer himself sits down with ComicBookMovie.com President Nate Best to discuss the character, the Guardians and the cast. Discover his favorite scene and who his worst critic is after the jump!

Drax the Destroyer / Dave Bautista Sits Down With ComicBookMovie.com to discuss Guardians of the Galaxy

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Dave Bautista and discuss Guardians of the Galaxy and his character Drax the Destroyer.  Some have said that Dave’s Drax the Destroyer steals the show, and I can’t disagree with them.  His portrayal of the very literal character, fueled by his thirst for revenge is not to be missed. Dave also has one of the most touching scenes in the film, which we discuss.
Nate/CBM: During the press conference they mentioned the comic books, were you familiar with them prior to the film?
Dave: No. Not at all.  No I was familiar with certain super heroes.  They were from comic books, from lunch boxes, but mostly through TV and film.  I am a TV and film buff.  I didn’t grow up as a comic book reader.  I’ve seen them, but I’ve just never opened up one sat and read through, I was the kid that would look at the pictures.
Nate/CBM: Initially you were insecure about landing the role of Drax the Destroyer.  The reactions from the screening last night have been very positive, how do you feel about it now?
Dave: Still a little paranoid, a little insecure, but I think It’s the nature of who I am.  I think I’m always going to be my own worst critic.  And also, I just look at things, certain scenes, like I could have done this better.  It’s probably going to be a common thing.  Like going into audition for me is absolutely terrifying, but I’m hearing more and more that other actors, even well-established actors are just as terrified going into auditions.  I think it’s just a common thing.  I think it’s probably pretty common too, that anybody that cares about what they do is gonna be a little bit critical of themselves.  They could have done this better, done that better.  You know I’m gonna be stressed out.  These 100 people are gonna say, “Man you did really great in the film!” and that one person is going to say “Man you really sucked!” and I’m gonna focus on that ONE guy!  You know, I don’t know, it’s just my nature.
Nate/CBM: You mentioned picking apart your performance.  As far as the film goes, what was your favorite scene and which was your least favorite?
Dave: I think my favorite scene is with me and Rocket, towards the end because I think it was just such an emotional scene without any language, without any dialogue. It was just one of those moments where you just knew what was going on. You just understood and you relate to it. It’s a beautiful moment. You really get that these guys really care about each other.
I think my least favorite scene was the shower scene with Zoe and it’s because I didn’t feel comfortable choking Zoe. I really didn’t and I could tell. She kept saying “Come on man! Come on!  Harder!  It doesn’t look real!”  I was just so uncomfortable with it.  Now when I watch it, I feel like you can tell that I was kind of faking it and I kind of pick it apart. I don’t look like I’m serious.  I was more concerned that I was hurting her, than I was with delivering my performance. It drives me crazy.
Nate/CBM: How difficult was it being one of the few actors present for the scenes and filming with Groot and Rocket gone not there?
Dave: I never felt like they weren’t there… I never felt like we were acting on green screen, or we were working with puppets… I really got lost in the moment and change and the set. The cast they made it easy to do that.
Nate/CBM: Which was more difficult to play: Serious, no humor, everything goes over your head, or when emotion was required?  I imagine that it was probably pretty difficult to keep a straight face on set, especially based upon the dialogue that made into the film which was hilarious.
Dave: I think that the emotional stuff was tougher.  It’s just because it’s awkward… I don’t know if it’s for everybody, but for me it’s awkward.  I don’t really spill my guts; I wear my heart on my sleeve.  If I love someone, I tell them I love them.  And I’m not afraid to be emotional, but then to kind of open up your emotions to strangers who are watching you, who are filming you, it really makes you feel a little vulnerable.  It’s strange man, so it’s not an easy thing to do.  You know, the literal Drax suit becomes a little bit of a joke, because he takes everything literally.  You know it wasn’t really hard to do that, because of the people I was working with.  It’s really easy to be a straight man to Chris Pratt and also when you’re doing stuff where you get to try it certain ways and deliver lines certain ways and James is directing you, it makes it pretty easy.
Nate/CBM: Did they try ever mess up your lines or mess up your scene on purpose to see if you could keep a straight face?
Dave: No, but we we improved so much.  There was more than a few times, where I didn’t keep a straight face.  There’s a huge outtake reel.  There was a scene… the shower scene, where I took Alexis knife, he played scar face prisoner.  We did a bunch of different takes with that.  He did a bunch of improv stuff where he literally had us spitting laughing. It was so funny!  It didn’t make the final letter, which is more stuff that is going to be on the gag reel, I hope. It was hysterical stuff.  There was stuff where I could keep a straight face, but there was more than a few times where I died laughing.
Nate/CBM: How much more are we going to see of Drax and are there any other heroes that you could envision yourself playing on the big screen playing?
Dave: At this moment I would have to say “No”.  To look beyond Drax to me, would kind of be sacrilegious. I just couldn’t do it.  I never aspired to be an action star or anything.  I had my dream list of what I wanted to do and a superhero was one of them.  I just don’t feel like it could get any bigger or better than Guardians and Drax.  I’m not going to be looking in the direction of action/superhero stuff at all.  I’m looking more into character roles, dialogue roles.  No man, Drax is where I’m at right now man.

Read my Guardians of the Galaxy review!!!

Read my interview with Michael Rooker / Yondu from Guardians of the Galaxy!

From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team—the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel's “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits—Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand—with the galaxy's fate in the balance.

Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which first appeared in comic books in Marvel Super-Heroes, Issue #18 (Jan. 1969), stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, featuring Vin Diesel as Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, with John C. Reilly, Glenn Close as Nova Prime and Benicio Del Toro as The Collector.
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batz11 - 7/24/2014, 12:30 AM
Excellent...can't wait for this movie!
Mercwitham0uth - 7/24/2014, 12:47 AM
Hope Bautista kills it as Drax.
Hulkson - 7/24/2014, 12:57 AM
Very nice movie! Enjoyed it a lot!
NebulaFields - 7/24/2014, 2:02 AM
Coooooool. Cool.
McNyagano - 7/24/2014, 5:01 AM
He was great in the role.
NovaCorpsFan - 7/24/2014, 5:03 AM
Great interview, Batista seems like a great guy.
bropous - 7/24/2014, 5:31 AM
Another ace interview, Nate.
DannyRand1225 - 7/24/2014, 7:06 AM
Bautista seems likea really great, genuine guy...he seems to be killing it as Drax
DrKinsolving - 7/24/2014, 8:20 AM
Can't. Wait. to finally see this
MrCBM56 - 7/24/2014, 8:21 AM
Awesome review, can't wait to see him on the role.
IronMountaineer - 7/24/2014, 8:21 AM
Yeah, from what I'm hearing he nails it! I can't wait to see it! Plus he just seems like an awesome dude
TheRealRemyLebeau - 7/24/2014, 8:22 AM
Great interview @natebest.
Bekss - 7/24/2014, 8:23 AM
Bautista is amazing as Drax, I hope every Momoa lover accepts that.

I don't know how this movie was so emotional but it was.
SuperSomething616 - 7/24/2014, 8:24 AM
That was an awesome interview!!! Well played guys ;)

Also...Mannnnnnnnnnnnnn I wanna see the gag reel :)
Jollem - 7/24/2014, 8:24 AM
there better not be any destruction
Bekss - 7/24/2014, 8:26 AM
Any of you saw the Yahoo live Q&A?
They talked about one scene that it's gonna be in the DVD and it sounds hilarious.
Just imagine all the cast and crew dancing around
ckal - 7/24/2014, 8:27 AM
there better not be any moments where someone sacrifices themselves in an easily avoidable situation because the world is not ready to see who they are
WYLEEJAY - 7/24/2014, 8:29 AM
Sounds great!

@NateBest. So is it just you now? Where's Jim? Everything ok? Just curious if I missed something big is all.
Jollem - 7/24/2014, 8:35 AM
ChillBill66 - 7/24/2014, 8:52 AM
Wow. From the interview he sounds like such a humble guy and that makes me want to see him succeed. The line about not wanting to hurt Zoe in the shower scene shows that this is a guy of class. When I heard he was in consideration for the role, I really hoped he'd get it. I saw the beginning of his wrestling career as I was transitioning out of my "wrastlin phase". I couldn't imagine a better casting for this role. I hope he crushes it and I'm rooting for ya Bautista!!!
DrunkenNukem - 7/24/2014, 9:05 AM
dethpillow - 7/24/2014, 9:09 AM
awwwww. what a sweetie. right on, Drax.

there better be some Jesus Christ pose in this movie.
maybe like Pratt, falling off a spaceship into the Gravity of endless Redemption in the Fear of Salvation in space. and he'll be floating off in Jesus Christ pose. something super Meaningful and Epic like that.

I hope they do that.

and then it'd be cool if Rocket goes to talk to a priest about what he should do. about him being a raccoon and all and having bad thoughts about human women. and the priest will say "go, my son, youst alreadeth knows what to doeth. youse areth the salvationeth of the planet-uh. goeth my son, someday they willeth be with youse in the sun. youse wereth made for duh Destikneez!"

and then we can all cry.
imaginejim - 7/24/2014, 9:17 AM
The scene with him and Rocket at the end if the movie that he is referring to is a beautiful, heart-warming scene. Very emotional and well done. He also has a scene at the end of the movie with Groot which is easily the funniest scene in the movie. He does great in this film. Completely sold me. He was the one I was most worried about.
write33 - 7/24/2014, 9:28 AM
Solid interview and he seems like a very real, good person, that's fantastic and I hope he continues having much success...I'm sure he's terrific in the role and can't wait to see!
AxeiumTheory - 7/24/2014, 10:03 AM
Bautista really seems like a very humble, soft spoken, down to earth guy. I wish him nothing but the best! I hear he crushes it as Drax and I'm so psyched to see him take on this role! I'm rooting for ya Dave!!
Nivekian - 7/24/2014, 10:33 AM
Wrestlers are producing great entertainers anymore, people shouldn't be afraid to admit it. No one is expecting Oscars, and no one can touch current professional wrestlers when it comes to physicality and hard schedules.
TheDarkKnightSlap - 7/24/2014, 10:40 AM
I love every single word of this interview. Bautista is a human...not a robot...and i phucking dig it.
RajunRemyLebeau - 7/24/2014, 11:11 AM
What a down to earth guy(pun intended).
RajunRemyLebeau - 7/24/2014, 11:12 AM
I still hate his latexy tats.
blackandyellow - 7/24/2014, 11:17 AM
Awesome job, Nate.
jumpingtheshark - 7/24/2014, 11:20 AM
The absolute worst wrestler of all-time.
Gusto - 7/24/2014, 11:28 AM
Nomis could take him!

robsncoppers - 7/24/2014, 11:36 AM
Hmph. Should have been played by Daniel Bryan.
Kyos - 7/24/2014, 11:38 AM
Good interview, Nate. :)

And damn, Bautista just seems like a great guy! He's so nice and humble in everything I heard from him about this movie - I really wish for the movie to do well and for him to get (hopefully deserved) praise for his role.

I like pretty much everything I've seen about this movie so far, but I especially want it to succeed for the sakes of Pratt, Bautista and Karen Gillan. And James Gunn, of course.
KalElOdinson - 7/24/2014, 11:42 AM
@Gusto Ko Ko B Ware!!!!!
robsncoppers - 7/24/2014, 11:55 AM
Batista's cool. Can't wait for him to go back to WWE.
ralfinader - 7/24/2014, 11:57 AM
Great interview, both on the questions and answers side. Fun read.
AC1 - 7/24/2014, 12:12 PM
So I was one of those guys who doubted him when he was cast, but in all honesty, I think I was wrong. Looks like he's owned the role. I think it's safe to say Guardians of the Galaxy is my most anticipated movie of the year.
FerFogs - 7/24/2014, 12:29 PM
He seem to be a great guy! Another dude besides RDJ I'd like to grab some beers with!

Very honest, also. Not many actors would say that about the choking scene.
asaka - 7/24/2014, 12:36 PM
Funny he mentions lunch boxes in that first question. IIRC he collects metal lunchboxes.
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