In a few short weeks, Drax (Dave Bautista) will be back on the big screen with his fellow Guardians of the Galaxy and there’s sure to be more humor born from Drax’s tendency to take everything literally. In fact, the reliance on humor where Drax is concerned initially made Bautista nervous when he first read the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 script.
“I thought, you know, originally, going into the film before I read the script, I thought they were going to go a different direction with Drax and I thought there was going to be less humor, and I thought we were going to explore more of the comic Drax, more of the badass Drax. When I first read it I was a little disappointed because I thought that is what I had in my mind. We were going to go that action route with Drax, but there was just tons more humor. I don’t really find myself funny, so when I was reading the script, I’d read my lines and I just didn’t think they were very funny, and then when we all sat down and did the table read I found myself laughing hysterically, and even when I read my lines and people would laugh, I would just look at them kind of surprised because I just don’t find myself very funny, but that’s when I realized how great the script was.”
There’s sure to be more opportunities for Drax’s special blend of humor to shine through as time goes on, especially when the Guardians and The Avengers meet-up in Avengers: Infinity War. In fact, there’s one particular Avenger Bautista would like to see Drax share a scene with: Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.).
“Oh, I’ve said for years, and years, and years. It’s Robert Downey Jr./Tony Stark, man. I think there’s so much humor to be had there with Drax and Tony Stark. With him being such a sarcastic bastard and Drax taking everything so literally. I think there’s tons of humor to be had there. I’m also a huge fan of Robert’s.”
The thought of Drax and Tony playing off each other is certainly enticing and we’ll find out soon enough if Bautista gets his wish.
Directed by James Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 stars Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, Vin Diesel as the voice of Baby Groot, Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket Raccoon, Michael Rooker as Yondu, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Sean Gunn as Kraglin/on-set Rocket, Elizabeth Debicki as Ayesha, Glenn Close as Nova Prime, Kurt Russell as Ego the Living Planet, Sylvester Stallone as Stakar, and Michael Rosenbaum.
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters May 5, 2017.
Avengers: Infinity War releases on May 4, 2018.