Dave Bautista has had a successful career as Drax the Destroyer in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows, though; for the former WWE star. It wasn’t until he was hooked up with casting Sarah Finn that he was introduced to Marvel.
He calls his first audition at a panel at Denver Pop Culture Con:
“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 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 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.'”
“We did the audition and she said ‘Is there any way you can come back tomorrow and read for the director?'”
Bautista has gone on to solidify the character as one of the favorites in the MCU and a pivotal part of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise. Bautista will reprise his role in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 and you will be able to see him in Avengers: Endgame, which is still out in theaters.
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