Wrestler-turned-actor Dave Bautista was initially perplexed by the comedic dialogue in the new Guardians Of The Galaxy sequel, because he didn’t find the script funny at all.
The 48-year-old muscle man reprises his role as Drax the Destroyer in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, in which he features alongside fellow franchise stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, and Vin Diesel.
Writer and director James Gunn wanted to keep fans entertained by continuing to mix the action and comedy audiences loved in the first installment for the follow-up, and as such, many of Bautista’s lines are delivered in a deadpan manner.
However, Dave admits he didn’t think much of his character’s scenes when he first read it to himself, especially one in which he describes his late wife’s lack of rhythm to Pratt’s Star-Lord.
“When I first read that scene, I didn’t see the humor in it at all. I just didn’t get it,” he explained on Good Morning America.
“I read through it and was like, ‘That’s not funny,’ and I didn’t really realize until we did the table read amongst the cast, and people were just laughing out loud, and it started to click with how funny it was. I just don’t find myself very funny at all.”
Despite his initial concerns about the project, Bautista had a great time filming the sequel, particularly because he got the opportunity to work alongside movie icon Kurt Russell, who portrays Pratt’s onscreen father.
“First I was starstruck,” Dave confessed. “When I met him at the table read, I couldn’t help but fan boy (freak) out, I had all the usual questions…! I think he was a little annoyed but he just kinda put up with it. Everyone did it, how can you not? We were looking at this guy like, he’s Hollywood royalty, we’ve watched him growing up.”
And Dave was overjoyed to discover Kurt was a fun and down-to-earth guy to hang out with.
“The best thing about him was he just blended right in with us, he didn’t set himself apart; he wanted to be a part of the cast and he’s very social and down to earth, and he’s a conversationalist, he really likes to talk,” he shared. “I clicked with him on everything, except politics – don’t talk politics to Kurt! But I just love him, he’s such a great guy.”