Dave Bautista, well known by his ring moniker Batista during his time with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), had a fruitful career.
Wrestler-turned-actor Dave Bautista recently expressed “relief” that his time as Drax in Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” was ending.
Mr. Bautista co-stars with Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, and Vin Diesel in the film as the buffoonish, socially inept protagonist.
The actor said he is “grateful” to have played the character in the Marvel films but doesn’t want it to be his “legacy” in an interview with GQ Magazine.
“To Drax, I give thanks. Simply put, I adore him. There is, however, a sense of relief that it is over. It wasn’t always smooth sailing.
Mr. Bautista told the outlet, “The makeup process was beating me down.” He went on to describe how challenging it was to portray the character.
In addition, I’m not sure if I want the role of Drax to be remembered as mine; it was a rather comical one, and I’d instead focus on dramatic roles.”
According to CNN, the actor also said he would like to direct more films with Canadian director Denis Villeneuve, who directed ‘Blade Runner 2049’ and both ‘Dune’ films in which Mr. Bautista had co-starring roles.
“I believe that is the only way I will ever know how talented I truly am. He encourages me to be my best self.
He sees the performer in me, the one I strive to be. Maybe that’s the key to unlocking the mystery! “As he revealed to the publication,
The former pro wrestler turned actor also addressed the inevitable comparisons to Dwayne Johnson, arguably the most successful wrestler-to-actor of all time.
Mr. Bautista claimed that he “simply want to be…a respected actor” and had “no intention” of imitating Mr. Johnson.
“I feel apprehensive. However, I can push through my resistance and do the unpleasant things I know must be done to succeed.
I may regret it later, but I won’t let my anxiety stop me. “As reported by the BBC, he made the remarks to an American magazine.
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Mr. Bautista, who became well-known as “Batista” in the WWE, has lately starred as Duke Cody in “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery.
” His next appearance in a theatrical release will be in May’s “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3.”