Some actors feel devastated whenever it’s time for them to leave their post as a specific character, especially if they have played that role for quite some time. However, Dave Bautista, who’s best known for his role as Drax the Destroyer in the MCU, spoke candidly about how he is currently experiencing relief now that his Marvel stunt is coming to an end.
Bautista revealed in an interview with GQ that he is now looking forward to moving on to the next part of his career, where he will aim for greater lengths because he doesn’t want Drax to be the only performance associated with him. He expressed gratitude for the opportunity to play Drax, even if it isn't all rainbows and cupcakes.
“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.” he emphasized.
After leaving the WWE in 2010 to pursue acting, Bautista's first significant achievement in Hollywood came with Drax. Bautista made his acting debut in the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie in 2014. His portrayal of the Marvel Comics character became commendable and affecting for some MCU fans as he sought revenge after losing his family by trying to amount to Big Bad Thanos. The movie was a huge box office success, earning over $773 million.
As he gears up for his final appearance at GotG Vol. 3, Bautista has also appeared in Thor: Love and Thunder, Avengers: Endgame, and Avengers: Infinity War. All three of these films made tremendous sums of money at the box office, placing the Avengers series in the top five highest-grossing films of all time, with each film grossing over $2 billion. He also played a significant role in The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special, which debuted on Disney+ on November 25, 2022.
The Glass Onion actor first hinted that he would be leaving his role as Drax back in May, when filming for Vol. 3 concluded. He reacted to a tweet saying the Destroyer will not go anywhere and that he wouldn't just be there to play him any longer, implying that the role might be recast by the studios in the future.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 opens in theaters on May 5, 2023.