Bautista recollected his Marvel Cinematic Universe service with a tinge of dissatisfaction, expressing that he wasn’t sure if he wanted Drax to be the sole representation of his storied career.
It’s understandable why Dave Bautista is keenly set on ending his tenure with the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
After almost a decade of playing the beloved role of Drax the Destroyer in Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,” actor Dave Bautista eagerly opened up about his upcoming final appearance.
With immense gratitude for the part, Bautista expressed his joy for playing as Drax. Despite this sentiment of appreciation, he found relief in leaving the role behind – it was taxing both mentally and physically due to the lengthy makeup process. Treading the boards in Drax isn’t something I envision will be my lasting legacy; it’s a rather whimsical role, and I’m determined to explore more serious acting opportunities.
After a decade-long career as a professional wrestler, Bautista’s breakthrough role in the box-office hit “Guardians of the Galaxy” launched him into mainstream stardom.
Bautista was so overwhelmed with joy when he found out he got the part that he had to pull over on his way to the gym, crying. He then rushed home shaking from pure excitement and shared the news with his wife; they were both ecstatic!
Bautista confessed that he did not feel he was being presented with the same chances as John Cena, a fellow veteran professional wrestler and star of multiple WWE-created movies and advertising campaigns.
Before I departed WWE, Stone Cold Steve Austin warned me: “You’ll be presented with some low-quality scripts that come with big money. Don’t get caught up in the trap.” My goal has never been to build a career like The Rock’s – it’s for me to become a skilled actor who is held in high regard. That’s what I’m striving for.
Bautista was adamant about his sentiment, saying, “I honestly don’t give a damn [about being a movie star]. Living in Tampa is enough for me, and I’m not seeking fame or the spotlight. All I want is to become a better actor and gain respect from my peers- that’s what matters most. The recognition isn’t necessary; it’s just satisfying to know that I’ve achieved something.”
After completing the filming of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” in May 2022, the star of movies including “Dune: Part Two” and “A Knock at the Cabin” reflected on Instagram about how this journey had completely altered his life.
Appearing on the “Ellen” show, Bautista declared that he and Gunn are ready to leave Marvel behind them. He affirmed by saying: “James has already announced his last film for Marvel, so when James is done, I’m done.” Interestingly enough, Cena collaborates with Gunn on DC’s series called “Peacemaker.”