Dave Bautista admits he is relieved of his Marvel exit – “I just don’t know if I want Drax to be my legacy”

Written by on January 6, 2023

Dave Bautista reveals he is ready to move on from his Guardian of the Galaxy role Drax the Destroyer. The actor will play Drax for the final time in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 due out on May 5.

“I’m so grateful for Drax. I love him. But there’s a relief [that it’s over],” Bautista told GQ magazine, according to Variety. “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.”

Bautista will next be seen in M Night Shyamalan’s Knock at the Cabin, based on the 2018 novel The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul G. Speaking of the new thriller, he said, “It’s by far the most I’ve ever spoken in a film. Just huge pages of monologues. We were shooting on film, which is very expensive. And we were shooting with one camera, so you don’t have the luxury of edits.”

“It’s your only opportunity — you need a perfect take. It’s a lot of pressure,” he added. “I want to remember my dialogue, but not at the expense of losing the emotion of the scene.” Bautista will also appear in Denis Villeneuve’s Dune sequel, which will mark Bautista’s third Villeneuve movie after Blade Runner 2049 and Dune.

“If I could be a number one [on the call sheet] with Denis, I would do it for fucking free,” he said in the interview. “I think that’s how I could find out how good I could be. He brings out the best in me. He sees me in a different light, sees the performer that I want to be. That might be how I solve the puzzle. Honestly, I could give a fuck [about being a movie star].”

“I don’t live a great big glamorous life. I live here in Tampa. I don’t care about the spotlight, I don’t care about fame. I just want to be a better actor. I want respect from my peers. I don’t need accolades — I really don’t, man. It’s about the experience, about knowing that I accomplished something.”

Shyamalan’s Knock at the Cabin arrives in theaters on February 3, while Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 comes out on May 5 and Dune: Part Two on November 3.

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