Wrestler Dave Bautista talked at the panel of 2019 Denver Pop Culture Con recently. The 50-year-old shared about his audition for Guardians of the Galaxy for the Marvel-verse in which he plays the role of Drax. Bautista said that he had gone broke after quitting wrestling for acting and that his acting chops were really bad.
But he said he hired an agent who told him that he had really struggled to get him an audition for Drax despite the movie-makers not being keen on casting a professional wrestler for the role. Bautista added, "I found one picture of Drax and I said, 'That looks like me.
I get this picture. I relate to this picture' I went and read for Sarah Finn and did my audition. She said, 'Is there any way you could come tomorrow and read for the director?' That's when I knew it was real." The six-time former world champion also talked of the immediate cordialness Guardians' director James Gunn and he developed after he read for Gunn, who okayed him for the part just after one reading.
Bautista also said thanked Gunn for changing "the direction of his life" and said that this was the reason he was "so loyal to him." Bautista's comments also explain why he said he would be quitting Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.
3 in July 2018 after Gunn was removed as the film's director after a few insensitive past tweets of him had emerged. Gunn was, however, rehired to direct the movie which is expected to be released in 2020.