James Gunn outdid himself once again with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. He delivered an incredible movie that, despite having tons of actions and incredible visuals, was, at its core, an emotional story that built upon the relationships created in its predecessor. And without a doubt, the standouts where the characters. We got to see our beloved Peter Quill, Gamora, Drax, Rocket Raccoon and Groot come back and warm our hearts once again.
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It was fascinating to see a natural progression for the team. Going from a ragtag group of individuals not sure about their place in the world, to a family that slowly realizes each other's values and strengths. Because of such successful effort to give us another dose of the Guardians of the Galaxy, you might be surprised to hear one cast member was not happy with the direction his character was going at the beginning.
That someone is none other than Drax, Dave Bautista. The actor recently sat down for an interview with CBR. In it, he dropped a surprising bit of information — he was not at all happy with the role Drax had to play in Vol. 2 when he first read the script:
“I was excited about the script [but] when I first read the script, I wasn’t crazy about my part. It went a different direction than what I thought they were going to go with Drax. That’s just because I was expecting one thing and got another. So I was a little bit thrown off at first."
He went on to reveal that he wasn't at all a fan of the Destroyer's jokes. They didn't make him laugh at all, and he thought Drax was not really an important part of the story, two things that disappointed him even further:
"What I usually do when I get a script is I read my dialogue first, I just didn’t really get the jokes. I just didn’t think Drax was that significant in the film, and I don’t find myself funny at all. So I remember reading, and I’m just sitting there not laughing. Like, wow, it was disappointing because I thought Drax was going to be so much more.”
This is a really depressing outcome for the person who brought to life one of the standout and without a doubt, one of the most iconic characters in both Guardians of the Galaxy films. But don't get sad just yet. Fortunately...
Things Got A Lot Better
According to the actor, Drax's role in the movie clicked for him once he realized the movie was a combined effort that relied on each participant bringing their unique characters into the fold and playing off of each other:
“When we sat down for the table read, is when it clicked. It clicked in my head. For one, I could hear everybody doing their own parts, and it was just so funny and deep, and some of it sad. But also, when I would say my lines and people would laugh, it would kind of start to make sense.”
Jumping off from that unfortunate experience, Bautista stated that he needed to find his inner-Drax once again. He accomplished that through Drax's relationship with Pom Klementiff's Mantis. It was the unique approach their dynamic brought to the space adventure that made him feel much more confident:
"The weird thing – and I actually found this out well before we started filming – was I had gone in to do some screen tests with Pom, and realized how easy it was stepping back into Drax. It was screen tests. We did no makeup or anything like that. I was just on set, just interacting with Pom as Mantis. It just felt so comfortable. It just felt like putting on an old pair of jeans."
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Pom and Drax have a very interesting friendship that's more like a father-daughter duo, so it's great to hear that dynamic helped Dave Bautista get back on track. He did an outstanding job as Drax once again in Vol. 2, and I can't wait to see what he has to offer in Infinity War, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and further down the MCU.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters on May 5, 2017.
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