New ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ TV Spot; David Bautista Talks Drax the Destroyer

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Guardians of the Galaxy trailers have been playing in theaters for months now, but this past week the upcoming Marvel Studios release started its marketing bonanza for the small screen. The TV promos unveiled so far have, like the theatrical trailers, been put together to keep Marvel loyalists excited to see James Gunn’s “Dirty Dozen in space” adventure, but also to indoctrinate those who’re still not sure about a blockbuster where an adorable talking raccoon – with a penchant for heavy firepower – is one of the main characters.

The latest Guardians TV spot released online was intend for viewing by UK audiences – and while it’s only a shortened recut of the action montage in the original theatrical trailer, said clip nonetheless has all the ingredients that people have loved about the Guardians previews so far (oldie tunes, colorful aliens, quirky humor, etc.). It’s just too bad that, at this point, people are probably starting to get a bit tired of the “What a bunch of a-holes” line being recycled for nearly every one of the film’s promos. (Or maybe not – it is a very memorable observation, after all.)

To recap: Gunn’s film follows a pack of space bandits that includes one human – Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) – and four not-humans – Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax the Destroyer (David Bautista), Groot (voice of Vin Diesel), and Rocket Raccoon (voice of Bradley Cooper – who decide to put their careers as criminals on hold, in order to save the galaxy from evil-doing types with names like Nebula (Karen Gillan) and Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) – the Darth Vader serving a dangerous Emperor figure, in the form of Thanos (Josh Brolin).

guardians of the galaxy david bautista drax New Guardians of the Galaxy TV Spot; David Bautista Talks Drax the Destroyer

Whereas Pace describes Ronan as being an alien religious fanatic who became more understandable “the more dark I could conceive of him,” Bautista painted a comparatively complex portrait of the “maniac” (as Star-Lord calls him) Drax, during an interview with The Express-Times. The character, in both Gunn’s film and the source comic books, in on a quest for vengeance against Thanos – and Bautista says playing the character was an “emotional roller coaster,” because of that:

“That’s the thing I love about Drax. I don’t think people were really expecting him to have such an emotional range. Most people were thinking he’s a one-note guy. But he’s more heartbroken than anything. That’s what I love about the character. He goes from rage to heartbroken over his family.”

Such “heart” as what Bautista mentions here – to emotionally ground the space hijinks – is something that Gunn has (for a while now) promised will be present in Guardians of the Galaxy, and early buzz suggests he just might deliver. For related reasons, many people are hoping that Gunn’s movie will set a new creative benchmark for Marvel Studios – by finding a way to break new ground, both genre-wise and in a general artistic sense, while still operating within the parameters of the comic book company’s established movie formula.


Guardians of the Galaxy opens in U.S. theaters on August 1st, 2014.

Source: The Express-Times

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  1. draxx looks bad

    • IN A GOOD WAY!!!

      • No, he means in a bad way. Bautista was/is WAY too bulky looking to play Drax who should be more lean and cut. Vin Diesel would have made the perfect Drax imho.

        I’m also not a fan of the textured prosthetics.

        • The film is amazing. The prosthetics on Drax are amazing. I think this should be Oscar time for the makeup designer David White.

  2. I will take my pile of Marvel fan chips and push them to the center….I am all in on this movie!!!

    I am more excited to see this than any of the prior movies only because its fresh and I don’t know much about the guardians. Its like learning something new and that’s going to be cool.

  3. “I don’t think people were really expecting him to have such an emotional range. Most people were thinking he’s a one-note guy.”

    Is he talking about Drax or himself? I Want to see a little more of Nebula in the next trailer!

    • I think because I’m a wrestling fan, I maybe biased, and nostalgic towards Batista (He’s one OF my favorite wrestlers), but I don’t think he is a one-note guy.

      • I meant as an actor not a person, I’ve got nothing against him!

      • Funny thing is, he’s a great guy and pretty charismatic off camera but we on his official site staff used to trash his on screen mic skills and selling all the time. It got to a point where some of the members complained about us saying if we were gonna hate on him all the time, we shouldn’t run his site.

        What’s better is that the day before Wrestlemania 24, he told us himself “The best thing about my match tomorrow will be the entrances” so even he knew he wasn’t as good as he could’ve been but man, he tried. Respect the hell out of him and made some good friends for life through him too.

    • I think he`s talking about himself after having a divorce with his ex-wife, Drax is a heartbroken character is like perfectly made for Bautista to play the role

  4. I remain very hopeful for this movie. But not incredibly optimistic.

  5. Excited to see the Guardians, Hopefully it would deliver.

    Also I wanna know are the Starjammers owned by Disney or Fox? Are they in canon-Marvel part of X-Men or are they separate?

    • I would say they have got to be Fox owned, they are led by Cyclops dad and they pretty much only appear in x-men stories, even war/realm of kings which features the Guardians (and Nova) heavily has very strong xmen ties as it revolves around Cyclops two brothers (Havock and Vulcan)

  6. When will Nebula get her own movie? I know you can’t judge a character from a few seconds of film,but in this case,I have.I can’t help myself.

  7. I can care less about wrestling but overall I’m not happy with this casting because the general public looks down on wrestling. Not sure why Disney cast this guy when they could have used a number of actors that do not tie back to wrestling.

    • Why would that matter? If someone’s right for the part, they’re right for the part. Should we stop comedy actors from trying serious dramatic roles too? Should we ban people from major Hollywood movies because they worked at Olive Garden while they were trying to break into the business?

      I mean, part time wrestler The Rock was the highest paid actor of 2013 by a long, long margin and his movies were a major success. He’s also in a majorly anticipated movie this Summer as Hercules (along with a small role for his cousin, current WWE wrestler Tamina Snuka).

      It’s like saying “people look down on bodybuilding so this Arnold Schwarzenegger guy shouldn’t be allowed to be cast in any major films in case it tanks”.