Warning: Plot Spoilers Ahead
Chances are you won’t recognize a suit wearing, well-groomed Dave Bautista in James Bond’s latest film Spectre. However, if you slap on some body paint and have him stand behind a smirking Chris Pratt and a very green Zoe Saldana things come more into focus. Bautista, a.k.a. Drax from Guardians of the Galaxy, is making a big leap from Marvel superhero to ruthless villain.
In Spectre, Bautista plays Mr. Hinx, a character that uses brute force to take care of Bond and anyone else who stands in Spectre’s way, but Bautista clarifies that Hinx is more than just a henchman. In Bautista’s eyes Hinx is “second in command of Spectre.” The ruthless killer stops at nothing to take down Bond chasing him from continent to continent.
We sat down with the once pro-wrestler turn Marvel superhero turn 007 hunter to get his take on Hinx, the future of Bond and any news on Guardians of the Galaxy 2, of course!
Tell me how being a professional wrestler prepared you for James Bond? Because I feel like you used a lot of your “skills” to throw him around.
You would think (laughs), but really they are such different forms of entertainment. [You would] think that it would be [alike] like the physical stuff, like the fight scenes, the fight choreography in films would be similar to what we did in wrestling, but it just couldn’t be any more different. You know a lot of times we are focusing on things for camera angles and with wrestling it’s just a big [live] broad audience…and we have to…do stuff that is bigger, make a lot more contact…be more physical because people are right there and witnessing it [in an arena]. With the film, a lot of stuff that feels right doesn’t necessarily look right on film. So it’s really surprisingly been a whole learning process for me. Just simple things that people would probably never imagine. The only way that I can describe it is like [my experiences], because I have trained in martial arts for years, and the first thing you do [for] it is…keep your hands up. But in film if you keep your hands up, [then] you can’t see your face. So, people don’t think about simple stuff like that, and I didn’t as well, but I was constantly being told keep your hands down. It just felt wrong, but it looked great on film. So, it is just very different.
As far as your character, so many of the Daniel Craig’s James Bond films like to pay homage to previous Bond films, did you reference any…did you go back to any of the villains and say I really like that. I want to channel that a little bit?
Well, that was our purpose. That was our intention was capturing that very nostalgic feel, but Hinx is just so different from any character that has ever been. I really couldn’t go back and say…[I] used a certain character for inspiration….If I had to make a comparison to him…the closest character I could come up with would be Oddjob.
Yes, I agree with you completely.
But there is—here is where it ends, where the similarities end is that Oddjob was very subservient. He was a man servant. That was the nature of his character. He was a butler sort-of-speak, a butler who would kill you with his hat. But at the end of the day, he had that subservient side to him, where there is none of that with Hinx. (Laughs) That is not the nature of the character at all. He is very much his own man. And the way I like to think of him is, he is second in command of Spectre. So there are similarities, but [he is a] very different, very new, updated form of this type of character.
I know you’re a fan of James Bond, where do you want to see this series go? I mean, I feel like at the end of this movie they have to do a spin off for 009 or something, cause where are we going to go?
Well, see that is the thing. For me it feels like there is a lot left to be told. It feels like [with] the characters you are just starting to see a lot for [the first time]. In the past we knew where Christoph Waltz’s character got his scar. You see him with a scar. In this film, we just introduce it, but it is at the end, so it feels like there is a lot more of the story to be told. When I watch this film, it feels like a part one to me, but [I] was recently in an interview where Ralph [Fiennes] was asked the same question. He said…to him it felt like this was the end because James Bond has his girl. He has a different mindset. He doesn’t kill the bad guy at the end. And he walks away into the sunlight with his girl. So it felt like an end[ing] to him.
Got to ask you, Guardians of the Galaxy? New cast member Mantis, are you familiar with her? Or any Guardians of the Galaxy updates?
No [I am not familiar with Mantis]. [As for] the new Guardians of the Galaxy, I think they are going to focus a lot more on the character’s backgrounds, of course. I think Drax is going to be a really badass… I don’t know [for sure]. I haven’t read the script. I know there is a second draft of the script. I prefer not to read it until we’re in the final draft, because then again, it is still going to change 10 more times as we are shooting. But no, this [Mantis] is news to me.
A cryptic message from the past sends James Bond (Daniel Craig) on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome, where he meets Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci), the beautiful and forbidden widow of an infamous criminal. Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organisation known as SPECTRE.
Meanwhile back in London, Max Denbigh (Andrew Scott), the new head of the Centre for National Security, questions Bond’s actions and challenges the relevance of MI6, led by M (Ralph Fiennes). Bond covertly enlists Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and Q (Ben Whishaw) to help him seek out Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux), the daughter of his old nemesis Mr White (Jesper Christensen), who may hold the clue to untangling the web of SPECTRE. As the daughter of an assassin, she understands Bond in a way most others cannot.
As Bond ventures towards the heart of SPECTRE, he learns of a chilling connection between himself and the enemy he seeks, played by Christoph Waltz.
Sam Mendes returns to direct SPECTRE, with Daniel Craig reprising his role as 007 for the fourth time. SPECTRE is produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. The screenplay is by John Logan and Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and Jez Butterworth, with a story by John Logan and Neal Purvis & Robert Wade.
Spectre opens in North American theaters November 6, 2015.