Dave Bautista talked about the “dream come true” of working with Robert Downey Jr. on Avengers: Infinity War in a new interview. The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 star has a big slate of movies ahead of him in addition to the third Avengers movie, as he stars in the recently released Bushwick and will also appear in Blade Runner 2049. His breakout role, however, has been his hilarious and heartfelt turn as Drax in the first two Guardians of the Galaxy movies.
Bautista will reprise the role of Drax in Infinity War, in which the 48-year-old actor got to work with Tony Stark himself, Robert Downey Jr. Working with the Iron Man star would likely be a memorable experience for many actors who recently broke through, but for Bautista it was particularly special. Bautista has hinted before that he hoped to work with Downey Jr. and that he wanted Drax to meet Iron Man in Infinity War. He revealed in a new interview just how much finally getting to work with Downey Jr. meant to him.
Speaking to EW, Bautista spoke at length about his experience working with Downey Jr. and his admiration for the actor that goes back to his early days. “It was pretty surreal, man, it was pretty surreal,” said Bautista. “I’ve been a fan of Robert Downey Jr. since I was very young, and watched him perform my whole life, growing up. Working with him was a surreal dream come true.”
The set of Infinity War was not the first time Bautista met Downey Jr. He revealed that Downey Jr. once told him how much he enjoyed his performance as Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy. Bautista said that moment with Downey Jr. put him at ease before the two got to work together, which he admits were his favorite memories of making Infinity War.
Downey Jr. has been on such a hot streak in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that it’s easy to forget how far back his influence goes as an actor. He has put together a long, illustrious acting career that inspired some of the same people he’s working with to this day. It appears that he’s not the only veteran actor to influence Bautista, as Josh Brolin also inspired him to train harder for Infinity War. If nothing else, any interactions between Tony Stark and Drax are sure to play for some laughs.
Bautista is on a heck of a hot streak in his own right, but he likely wants to avoid being typecast as a brutish mercenary, especially one with a penchant for unwitting silliness like Drax. Not much is known about his Blade Runner 2049 character beyond his name, but until he can capture audiences with a new character, Bautista will mainly be known as Drax. Still, if that means he gets to work more with Downey Jr. after Avengers: Infinity War, Bautista is probably OK with that.
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