Wrestler turned actor Dave Bautista has enjoyed a successful rise to stardom in Hollywood over the past few years and he is about to appear on the big screen in his biggest role to date. Dave will play the role of Drax the Destroyer in the movie Guardians of the Galaxy and the actor has opened up about playing the role and the similarities he shares with the character.
Bautista told Collider, "It’s so weird. I keep thinking and hearing over and over that I was really born to play this part. I love putting on the makeup and everything – especially the contacts. You don’t really get to see the contacts. The contacts are really the icing on the cake. Really cool. I can just relate to Drax so much it’s not even funny. Just the simple things that we have in common. Simple things like the tattoos, the tragedy – because you know, I had a bit of tragedy in my life as well."
He added, "So it’s really easy for me to pull from that. There’s such coincidences. Drax using two knives as his weapons of choice, just by chance – stuff like that. Not only that, but like the first time I ever saw – because I didn’t get Drax at all when I first read the sides for the audition, just didn’t get it – and then I saw a picture of Drax and I was like, “holy shit, holy shit, that’s me!” And it freaked me out."
Fans can see Dave Bautista sharing the big screen with the likes of Chris Pratt, Lee Pace, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan and the voice of Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel, plus many more Hollywood stars. Guardians of the Galaxy is directed by James Gunn and will open on July 31 in the UK, before then hitting the big screen in the US on August 1.