Bautista: ‘I Was Broke’ Before Guardians of the Galaxy
In an interview with IGN, Guardians of the Galaxy actor Dave Bautista revealed that when he was cast by James Gunn in the role of Drax, he was broke – like, sold all his stuff, house foreclosure broke.
Nothing Goes Over His Head
Bautista told IGN that in order to understand how much Guardians changed his life, people had to understand where he came from. He explained that although he had found success as a wrestler, he took a risk in changing careers to acting, and when he was cast as Drax, it was after he had spent three years without work.
Bautista added that, “When I say broke, I had nothing, man. I sold all my stuff. I sold everything that I made from [when] I was wrestling. I had issues with the IRS. I was just lost in everything.”
Now, of course, the actor is doing quite well, and he credits the high-profile work he’s been getting recently from his time at Marvel.
Bautista Shines Post-MCU
Marvel Blog True Believers already know that we’ll be seeing Bautista in the sequel to Knives Out, along with other MCU alums like Kathryn Hahn (Agatha Harkness).
However, he’ll also be appearing in the upcoming movie Dune, alongside Oscar Isaac (who you probably see coming as Moon Knight).
And, he has also appeared on the show What We Do in the Shadows (available for streaming on Hulu) and the movie Army of the Dead (available for streaming on Netflix).
Plus, he’s been appearing in a series of ads promoting a discounted Disney Bundle, in which he portrays “The Streamer.”
Couldn’t Happen to a Nicer Drax
We don’t know if you realize this, but Bautista is a hero on and off the screen.
He never has a problem standing up for those who need it, especially when they can’t stand up for themselves. Don’t believe us? When Gunn got fired from Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3, Bautista was one of his most vocal supporters, making it clear on social media that if Gunn didn’t return, neither would he.
And on more than one occasion, Bautista has made it clear that he won’t tolerate homophobia.
In other words, we couldn’t be happier that things are going well for Mr. Bautista! I can’t wait for Knives Out 2, Marvel Blog True Believers… can you?