Dave Bautista Doesn’t Want to Ruin His MCU Ending for a Paycheck

Dave Bautista Doesn’t Want to Ruin His MCU Ending for a Paycheck

Dave Bautista said “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” is the “perfect outing” for Drax. Speaking on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” Bautista discussed his latest MCU appearance. He said he would “never” sign up for another movie “just to get paid.” Loading Something is loading.

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Dave Bautista has said he’s not willing to return as Drax to the Marvel Cinematic Universe just for pay.

Bautista is set to make his final appearance as an alien warrior in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” later this year. While appearing on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on Tuesday, Bautista opened up about his exit, saying he wouldn’t want to “tarnish” the “perfect” ending by returning.

“Yeah, that’s weird. I don’t know why that’s news,” Bautista said. “This is my seventh film as Drax. And my third ‘Guardians’ [movie]. It was like our trilogy. That’s kind of what we all signed up for, to do a trilogy. And I think it will be the last version of our “Guardians of the Galaxy”. »

The ‘Dune’ star added that while it’s “difficult” to step down from your breakout role, now is a good time to do so.

“It’s the perfect release. We all had these perfect character arcs and such a storybook ending,” he said. “I constantly tie it back to how I ended my wrestling career. I ended it on a storybook note. And I would never go back and tarnish that. And it’s the same thing with it.”

Bautista continued, “With Drax, I just have to finish in the perfect way. And I would never sign up for another job as Drax just to get a paycheck. I would tarnish that, and I won’t. .”

Last month, Bautista told GQ that it wasn’t “always enjoyable” playing Drax.

“I’m so grateful to Drax. I love him,” the ‘Glass Onion’ star said. “But there is relief [that it’s over]. All was not pleasant. It was hard to play this role. The makeup process was beating me. And I just don’t know if I want Drax to be my legacy – it’s a silly performance, and I want to do more dramatic stuff. »

The actor has publicly stated since 2021 that the third “Guardians” film will be his last and tweeted that he was open to recasting Drax’s role.

At the time, James Gunn, who wrote and directed all three “Guardians” movies and the “Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special,” responded to the tweet by saying the actor could “never be replaced.”

Last year, Gunn tweeted that the movie would be “Drax’s last movie and the end of the story for this group of Guardians.”

(L-R) James Gunn and Dave Bautista at the premiere of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” in 2017. Frazer Harrison/Getty

Drax may not be the only “Guardians” character leaving the MCU after the upcoming third film. Many fans believe his costar, Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper), will perish in the movie.

Additionally, Zoe Saldaña told Variety last year that she “wouldn’t be mad” if she didn’t return after “Guardians 3” because of the extensive green makeup that goes into her character, Gamora’s look.

“I miss Gamora, but I don’t miss the 3:30 a.m. calls and the five-hour makeup sessions and the dermatologist visits afterwards,” she said.

However, she added that she is inspired when she sees how much her role means to children.

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” hits theaters May 5.

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