Interview with Dave Bautista at the #GuardiansOfTheGalaxyEvent

Soft Spoken Dave Bautista interviews with bloggers.
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By now I certainly hope that you have seen the movie Guardians of the Galaxy. I saw it a few weeks ago at the #GuardiansOfTheGalaxyEvent and cannot wait till Wednesday night to see it again in IMAX. I was privileged to get to interview many of the actors from the movie including Vin Diesel, Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana. One of the cast members I was looking forward to meeting and interviewing was Dave Bautista. Not because I was a wrestling or MMA fan, but rather, because I found the character of Drax so appealing. I wanted to know the motivations behind Dave’s choices while playing this role.

Dave Bautista is not what you think. He’s not pursuing acting to do purely action movies. He would love to do more character driven work, he would even be interested in doing some theater. While he was being interviewed Dave was very soft spoken and introspective. He spoke about the things that he loved about wrestling which were the un-televised stuff like helping out with charities like Make-A-Wish and other organizations. Being able to make a difference was the important thing. He took a big risk in leaving wrestling to pursue acting, but I think that once people see him portraying Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy they’ll realize that he made a solid decision. Dave was gracious and humble and is looking to do more character driven roles. He took the role because Drax isn’t simply a one note character, there is depth to Drax and certainly there is depth to Dave Bautista.

The World Premiere Of Marvel's Epic Space Adventure "Guardians Of The Galaxy" - Red Carpet
Dave Bautista attends the after party for The World Premiere of Marvel’s epic space adventure “Guardians of the Galaxy,” directed by James Gunn and presented in Dolby 3D and Dolby Atmos at the Dolby Theatre. July 21, 2014 Hollywood, CA
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Two Weeks Ago I was on an all expense paid blogger trip sponsored by ABC Family (#ABCFamilyEvent, #MysteryGirls, #YoungandHungry, #ChasingLife), Disney (#GuardiansOfTheGalaxyEvent, #BigHero6) and DreamWorks (#100FootJourneyEvent). The opinions expressed in this post are 100% mine unless of course they are credited as a direct quote of someone else.

When asked how much of Dave’s wrestling and MMA training helped prepare him for the movie he replied, “None at all.” Making this movie was like nothing he had ever done before but being athletic did help him in the role. He picked up on things easily but was always looking to learn more from the stunt guys on the crew. “When they’d show me how to do stuff and I’d do stuff and I’d mess it up they’s say ‘Well, try it this way if it’s easier’ and I’d say, ‘No I like the way you did it because it looks cool that way so lets just show me how to do it that way.’ And I’d do it and do it until I picked up on it.”

Dave Bautista interviews with bloggers.
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What attracted Dave most to Drax. Dave expressed how he wanted to do a character with an emotional range. He stated, “Which is something I needed for my career really bad because I think people had a certain perception of me leaving wrestling. They just saw me as that guy and I’m really not that guy at all.”

The World Premiere Of Marvel's Epic Space Adventure "Guardians Of The Galaxy" - Red Carpet
Dave Bautista attends The World Premiere of Marvel’s epic space adventure “Guardians of the Galaxy,” directed by James Gunn and presented in Dolby 3D and Dolby Atmos at the Dolby Theatre. July 21, 2014 Hollywood, CA
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Being a Marvel Super Hero is something that is just starting to hit Dave. He talked about doing press in Singapore and how the support of fans for something they haven’t even seen yet has been overwhelming.

I asked the question, what were Dave’s comic book heroes growing up. Despite being a Marvel Super Hero the characters that were his favorites as a kid were Batman and Aquaman. We won’t hold that against him.

Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy
Drax (Dave Bautista)
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©Marvel 2014

When asked what Dave’s favorite moment from the filming he told us about a giant dance party. He came alive when he was talking about that event and he loosened up much more. We continued to ask him more about his upcoming projects and he hasn’t ruled out doing more wrestling or MMA, but he’s very excited to be involved in more character driven work. As far as action he’s getting his action fix through the Marvel movies. He did mention that he’ll be in a Kickboxer remake, too.

Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy
Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista)
Ph: Film Frame
©Marvel 2014

Regarding Drax. “I think when people see Drax they automatically think that he’s going to be a kind of a one noted character. The type of character that all he’s good for is fighting.” Dave went on to say, “The way I approached Drax was not looking at him as a warrior but always as a father and a husband. I hope that people see that is basically who he is and all his rage really comes from heartbreak.”

Bloggers with Dave Bautista
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I thoroughly enjoyed our interview with Dave Bautista and I hope that you see and appreciate his range within his role as Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy. I also took a moment to thank him for his work and shake his hand. I was so impressed with him and it was a thrill to meet him.

Learn more about the Guardians of the Galaxy Movie

Here is the Story Synopsis.

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 the voice of Groot, Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, with John C. Reilly, Glenn Close as Nova Prime Rael and Benicio del Toro as The Collector.

James Gunn is the director of the film with Kevin Feige producing, and Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jeremy Latcham, Alan Fine and Stan Lee serve as executive producers. The story is by Nicole Perlman and James Gunn, with screenplay by James Gunn. Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” was released in U.S. theaters on August 1, 2014. It is in theaters NOW. Go see it!



33 thoughts on “Interview with Dave Bautista at the #GuardiansOfTheGalaxyEvent”

  1. THIS IS SO AWESOME! I loved reading this interview. I’m a huge fan of DC Comics and Marvel. I was honestly, a bit on the fence about seeing this flick but after reading the interview I’m putting it on my list.

    1. Vicky,

      I’m so happy to hear that. The movie really should be seen, it is an amazing one. Glad you liked the interview as well.

    1. Krystyn,

      He seems like a very humble guy and giving back is very important to him. He was thankful that his position in WWE allowed him to do those types of things.

    1. Caroline,

      He is a big dude. He looks even bigger in the ring and on the screen but he is a big dude none the less.

  2. I am not really a super hero girl but as a mom of two boys went to see the movie and was pleasantly surprised with how funny, action filled without the blood and gore the movie was. So cool you got to meet Drax and company.

    1. Divina,

      It is nice that this movie was still something appropriate for the younger audience. It really reminded me of the movies I loved as a kid and I think that James Gunn loved the same ones, but his interview is on Wednesday.

  3. Such an awesome movie, and Dave did a great job as Drax, I particularly liked the relationship developing between Rocket and Drax which was very rocky at first.

    1. Justin,

      I also liked the interaction between Drax and Rocket. Drax and everyone really. He was very funny even without meaning to be.

  4. He was the biggest surprise of the movie for me. I was a big wrestling fan when he was first in it, and was never really a fan of his. But I was extremely impressed with his performance in the movie!

    1. Justin,

      Didn’t he do a great job. He does have the acting chops and I hope to see him in more of the type of roles he is looking to do.

  5. I can not wait to see this movie!! Your interviews have been so wonderful and I’ve learned so much about the characters… seriously, who likes Aquaman?! 🙂

    1. Heather,

      I hope that you like the movie, it is a really good one. I’m seeing it again. Aquaman gets a bad rap but he’s still pretty cool, now at least.

  6. Loved his character. I wasn’t sure what kind of range to expect from him, and I thought he brought some wonderfully complex layers to Drax. And he’s huge, which is completely irrelevant, but still. MEATHOOK ARMS.

    1. Pillar,

      Yes, he is a big guy. It is easy just to see that and not the layers and that is exactly what he brings to Drax. Those layers of character.

    1. Kimberly,

      Just wait till Wednesday’s interview with James Gunn, that will push you over the edge. You can tell that he genuinely cared about making an amazing movie.

  7. wow dude!! I enjoy what you guys are usually up too. This sort of clever work and reporting!
    Keep up the wonderful works guys I’ve added you guys to blogroll.

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