We heard at the beginning, the Guardians are very full of themselves and very cocky. Does Drax buy into that? What are his feelings about it?
Dave Bautista: [laughs] There maybe somewhat of a sense of self-righteousness to Drax, but no. I've always described Drax as at the heart of Drax there's really just a heartbroken guy. He's really heartbroken over the loss of his family. I think he has one mission, and that is revenge.
To that end, does he still talk about going after Thanos? Does he want the team to focus on that at all?
Dave Bautista: Mmm. Hmm. Yeah. You know... [hedges] That's a real touchy subject. I think everybody knows from the first film that's always going to be his mission. That is the reason he is living right now. But yeah, we'll kind of just leave it at that for now.
We know towards the beginning of the movie the Guardians split up. Where does Drax fall into that?
Dave Bautista: We're family at this point. I'd have to disagree with that point. We don't really go our separate ways at all. We're very much, I think, a family at this point, as we left off in the last film. I think we pick up right where we started. I think that will be fair to say. There's not really division amongst us. I think we all have the same mission.
Has your character evolved in terms of the fighting styles? Any weapons?
Dave Bautista: No, I think if I can say that he has evolved at all, I think that he's just more prominent in this film. I think James really just found such an amusement to Drax. An amusement for writing for Drax. He's just more prominent in this film, which is great for me, and he may have developed a bit more faith in me as well. I was still kind of the new guy on set with the last film. I kind of pulled my weight, and he's developed even more faith in me, so he's written for me more. That's just my take on it.
What's it like working with Kurt Russell?
Dave Bautista: It's pretty great, man. [laughs] It's pretty great. It was weird. I felt like such a fanboy. The first day, I was like, "I've got to ask you about this, man: How do you feel about the Rock being cast as Jack Burton?" And he was like, "Yeah, great." I wanted to hear the opposite: "I think it's shit. I think it's shit casting, man. They cast the Rock as Jack Burton, I just don't agree. Like, Chris Pratt to me is Jack Burton," but that's the fanboy in me, man. I take things like that personally. [laughs] But he doesn't take that personally at all. He's like, it's the character you're portraying, now it's time to move on. Next character. But yeah, a lot of Snake Plissken stories going around, stuff like that. Constantly bugging him about what we want to know. What's really weird, especially for someone -- because he grew up in Hollywood, grew up in film, so it's kind of weird to meet people that grew up in films who are still in touch with reality. I've met a few people and they've been sheltered their whole life and just totally out of touch, and Kurt is not like that at all. He's like super down to earth and just a real dude and real friendly to everybody, and that's kind of cool to see, because I've seen the opposite, so it's really cool to see someone who comes on and just is real down to earth. There's nothing superficial or pretentious about him. He's been just very patient with everything. He's never in a rush, he doesn't keep to himself, he doesn't separate himself from the cast, so it's kind of cool.
What does Drax think about Baby Groot?
Dave Bautista: [laughs] I don't think Drax and The Tree are ever going to get along. Just always going to be at odds with each other. It's like that sibling rivalry, it's what it feels like to me.
Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is written and directed by James Gunn and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, featuring Vin Diesel as Baby Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, Sean Gunn, Tommy Flanagan, Laura Haddock, with Sylvester Stallone, and Kurt Russell. Kevin Feige is producing, and Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jonathan Schwartz, Nikolas Korda and Stan Lee are the executive producers.
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) release date: May 05, 2017
- Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018