‘Guardians Of The Galaxy': Getting To Know Dave Bautista

by Brett White

Former WWE wrestler Dave Bautista worked crowds into a frenzy for nearly a decade under the name Batista. Now he’ll be ripping through aliens as the knife-wielding Drax the Destroyer in Marvel’s upcoming cosmic film, “Guardians of the Galaxy.” So before Bautista disappears behind green body paint, we figured this would be a good time to get to know the man behind the Guardians’ muscle.

He looked pretty Drax-ish in “The Man With the Iron Fists”

He’s got bigger guns than a starship.

He gives Vin Diesel piggyback rides in the upcoming film “Riddick.”

He’s capable of a nuanced portrayal of emotional despair.

He knows how to make a big entrance.

He can get silly right alongside co-star Chris Pratt.

He already has Drax’s arm tattoos!

He went through a questionable period in the ’90s, just like comics.

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