The actor remembered the difficult period in which he got the role, during a meeting at the Denver Pop Culture Convention.
After setting alight the WWE ring for the last 20 years, Dave Bautista has become an undisputed Hollywood movie star. In recent years, the 50-year-old former wrestler has appeared in many prestigious casts, such as the James Bond film Spectre and Blade Runner 2049, and will be equally as well recognised in Dune, a highly-anticipated sci-fi feature which should be released in 2020, directed by Denis Villeneuve.
But this glamorous path, Bautista will undoubtedly admit, would not have been possible without his role as Drax, in Guardians of the Galaxy. And whilst the role as “destroyer” cements his place as a star in the eyes of fans, his audition was clearly far from perfect.
In an interview with Denver Pop Culture Convention, the actor reflected on one of his sketchy experiences: “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.’"
So things didn’t get off to the best start: "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.'"
This kindness paid off, because Bautista got the role and has cemented his place in cinematic history. Check out the video above to see Dave Bautista in action as Drax once more!