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The Marvel sequel will be his last

The Marvel sequel will be his last

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Drax's final ride comes in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

Drax’s final ride comes in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Image: Marvel Studios

When James Gunn cast former professional wrestler Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer a decade ago, some were skeptical. Sure, this guy was a charismatic wrestler, but could he act? Oh, how has that changed now that Bautista’s breakthrough role at Marvel Studios has propelled him to a diverse, impressive acting career. Though the character is a fan favorite, the actor reveals he never wanted Drax to be his signature role, and will officially ditch it this May when Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 hits theaters.

“I am so grateful to Drax. I love him,” said Bautista GQ Magazine. “But there is a relief [that it’s over]. It wasn’t all pleasant. It was hard to play that role. The makeup process knocked me out. And I just don’t know if I want Drax to be my legacy – it’s a silly achievement and I want to do more dramatic stuff.”

So here’s a few things to unpack, and let’s start with what we know. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 writer/director James Gunn confirmed on his Instagram Stories that the upcoming film will be the last time Bautista plays Drax. Does that mean Drax will be recast (which Bautista himself said he was okay with)? He dies? Does he just go off and leave the Guardians? Those answers will come in a few months. But for now, at least we know where those feelings are coming from.

As for Bautista’s relief at putting it behind him, you can almost understand that too. While Drax is a tall, boisterous character that suits Bautista’s physical build, these aren’t the types of characters he’s most interested in. For example, on the GQ profile, he talks about just wanting to work more and more with director Denis Villeneuve, who cast Bautista in small roles in both Blade Runner 2049 and Dune (although the role in Dune: Part Two is significant this year is expanded). “If I could be number one [on the callsheet] I would do it for free with Denis,” said the actor. “I think that’s how I found out how good I could be. He brings out the best in me. He sees me in a different light, sees the performer I want to be. So maybe I can solve the riddle.”

He has also worked with the likes of Sam Mendes, Zack Snyder, Rian Johnson and later that year M. Night Shyamalan. He’s not afraid to take on a smaller role as long as it means working with someone great. And while Gunn is certainly great, after three full movies, a Holiday Special and several other Marvel cameos, you can understand how a performer like this is willing to step down and try something new.

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