Dave Bautista, born in 1969, is a renowned American former wrestler who is best known for his time in WWE from 2002 to 2010 and again from 2014 to 2019, using the stage name Batista. After retiring from wrestling, Bautista turned to acting, starting with minor roles and eventually landing more significant parts. His breakout role came in 2014 when he was cast as Drax the Destroyer in Guardians of the Galaxy.
Batista also appeared in films such as Specter (2015), Blade Runner 2049 (2017), Hotel Artemis (2018), Army of the Dead (2021), and recently in Rian Johnson’s Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery. His farewell to the Marvel character is very close since Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, arriving in a few months, represents the farewell of James Gunn and his characters to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Dave Bautista calls his MCU exit a Relief
Dave Bautista recently admitted in an interview with GQ that he doesn’t want Drax to be his legacy because he wants to try out other, more serious parts. Because the actor plans to develop his acting skills through different projects, this is a circumstance that is unquestionably favorable for him and has been received with pleasure rather than sorrow.
“I’m so grateful for Drax. I love him. But there’s a relief [that it’s over]. It wasn’t all pleasant. It was hard playing that role. The makeup process was beating me down. And I just don’t know if I want Drax to be my legacy — it’s a silly performance, and I want to do more dramatic stuff.”
The Blader Runner 2049 actor has frequently voiced his displeasure with the part. Bautista said that Marvel DROPPED THE BALL in terms of authentically depicting Drax on the big screen in an interview with Collider from last year.
“I really wished they would have invested more in Drax, personally because I think Drax has more of a story to tell. I think Drax has a really interesting backstory, which they dropped the ball on,” said the actor.