Actor Dave Bautista has been very open about the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will be his last time playing the role of Drax the Destroyer. In a recent interview with GQBautista went into more detail about why he is stepping away from the role.
As part of a recent profile on Bautista, the actor shared how he got the role and how he was so excited that he ended up stopping on the road and crying over it. “I had to stop because I was crying so hard,” Bautista said. “I turned around and walked into my house shaking to tell my wife I got the part and we were both standing there freaking out.”
However, despite the massive love Bautista has for the character, he feels a bit of a “relief” that he is done with the character. According to Bautista, playing the role was not always easy as the makeup process to become Drax was grueling. Bautista also talked about how he’s not so sure if he wants Drax to be the only thing he’s known for.
“I’m so grateful for Drax. I love him,” he says. “But there’s a relief [that it’s over]. It wasn’t all pleasant. It was difficult to play that role. The makeup process got 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.”
In previous discussions about the character, Bautista has also talked about how other factors, including his age, have led him to decide he’s done with Drax. In a series of tweets from 2021, Bautista joked that his muscles would soon begin to fail and he could not play the character anymore.
“Drax isn’t going anywhere,” Bautista said Twitter. “He just doesn’t want to be played by this guy! When [Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3] coming out, I’m going to be 54 for God’s sake! I expect everything to start falling any second now.”
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 premieres on May 5, 2023.