When the first Guardians of the Galaxy hit the big screen back in 2014 fans left cinema’s with a new host of favourite characters. For some it was the emotional core of the team Groot, for others it was the loud-mouthed Rocket and for others it was the very literal Drax. Played by Dave Bautista, Drax took on a life of his own and became loved for his inability to understand a metaphor. However it wasn’t easy for Bautista to land the role.
During a panel at Denver Pop Culture Con, Bautista detailed his audition for the character. Explaining how it was a “nightmare” and how he went into the audition with “low expectations.”
“Oh my God, it was a nightmare. I was terrified. I was really desperate at the time, I had hardly worked in three years, and I had gone broke from wrestling and I was desperate to get a job. I finally got an agent like two weeks before I got the audition for Guardians. My agent says ‘You know, I really had to fight to get you this audition. It was really hard to get, they didn’t really want to audition you. They didn’t want any pro wrestlers, so I don’t want to get your hopes up. He built my hopes really low, so I went in with low expectations. I didn’t understand Drax. I called my acting coach and said ‘I don’t get this,’ and he flipped out because he’s like the biggest fanboy. Anyway, he made me do the research and I found one picture of Drax, and I said ‘That looks like me!’ He babied me through this whole process, my first and second auditions, my acting coach came with me. I read for Sarah Finn, she’s amazing. I read with her and she said ‘Don’t be nervous. Take your time, we can be here all day.'”
Thankfully, he ended up with the role after returning to read for director James Gunn. 5 years later and Bautista has been part of 2 of the biggest films of all time in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, a far cry from being broke and desperate for a job.