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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ star reveals how ‘hard’ it was: ‘It wasn’t all nice’

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Drax the Destroyer is not any more.

“Guardians of the Galaxy” star Dave Bautista is able to move on from playing the character within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The previous wrestler, 53, recently admitted to GQ how the experience of embodying the musclebound superhero across five full-length movies — plus a recent streaming holiday special — has taken a toll on him.

“I’m so grateful for Drax. I like him,” the Washington D.C. native first declared. “But there’s a relief [that it’s over]. It wasn’t all nice. It was hard playing that role.”

The “Dune” actor — who will also be seen in Daniel Craig’s latest Netflix hit movie “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery” — specifically added that preparation for filming was lots to take for what he called a “silly” role.

“The makeup process was beating me down,” he said. “And I just don’t know if I need Drax to be my legacy — it’s a silly performance, and I need to do more dramatic stuff.” 

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” — which is about to hit theaters this May — might be the last time Bautista portrays Drax.

Marvel actor Dave Bautista is getting real about his experiences playing the “Guardians of the Galaxy” character Drax.WireImage; Marvel

 Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer in Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy.”Marvel

He previously told IGN in 2021 that he was bowing out after the third film within the sci-fi comedy franchise.

“I don’t know what the script of the third film is, to be honest with you,” he said on the time. “There was a script years ago that obviously goes to need to change since the whole direction of the Marvel universe has modified.” 

He also said that “there have been talks” about doing a spin-off film because director James Gunn once had the thought for one centered around Drax and costar Pom Klementieff’s empathic Mantis.

 Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy “I just don’t know if I need Drax to be my legacy — it’s a silly performance,” he said.Mike Marsland/WireImage

“It was often because it was James Gunn’s idea. He really desired to do a Drax and Mantis film. He laid it out to me,” father-of-three Bautista said. “I believed it was such a superb idea, but I haven’t heard any follow-up from the studio. I don’t think they’re very interested, or it doesn’t fit into the way in which they’ve things mapped out.” 

With that reveal, though, he effectively shut down appearing because the character again.

“[‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’] might be going to be the tip of Drax,” Bautista explained.

Nebula (Karen Gillan), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Star-Lord/Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel), Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and Drax (Dave Bautista)..Ph: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2017Karen Gillan, Zoe Saldana, Chris Pratt and Dave Bautista in 2017’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.”null

Bautista can next be seen in Netflix’s “Glass Onion,” “Dune: Part Two” and M. Night Shyamalan’s horror mystery “Knock on the Cabin.”

Elsewhere within the “GQ” profile, Bautista claimed he doesn’t “give a f–k” about being a movie star.

“I don’t live an incredible big glamorous life. I live here in Tampa. I don’t care in regards to the highlight, I don’t care about fame,” he confessed. “I just need to be a greater actor. I need respect from my peers. I don’t need accolades — I actually don’t, man. It’s in regards to the experience, about knowing that I achieved something.”

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