Avengers: Dave Bautista – ‘I’m so comfortable playing Drax, I’m on cruise control’

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Later this month, the next big blockbuster Netflix will release the streaming service: Army of the Dead. The film comes from famed Hollywood director Zack Snyder, who is best known for producing the DC Comics movies Man of Steel, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League. His new zombie movie features a team of eccentric killers who battle hordes of the undead to open a locked safe in Las Vegas while learning a lot about themselves along the way. The team is led by Scott Ward, who is played by Bautista.

In an exclusive conversation with Express.co.uk Bautista compared working with Netflix and Snyder to his longtime employers Marvel and director James Gun.

So far, his MCU character Drax has appeared in the Guardians of the Galaxy series and two of the Avengers movies, Infinity War and Endgame.

As the lead in Army of the Dead, Bautista had the ability to shake things up like Scott Ward with Snyder by his side.

This is something he wasn’t used to, Bautista told us, as he said playing Drax leaves him in the backseat.

The actor said of working with Marvel: “Since I’m not a protagonist, nothing to do with production, I don’t have a lot of freedom. I’m just there.”

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Avengers star Dave Bautista talked about playing Drax (Image: GETTY)

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Avengers: Drax is “easy” for the star to play, he revealed (Image: DISNEY)

Bautista continued, “I am a hired actor, I have been told what to do, I am told what to do. There is not much to contribute to the character.

“It felt a lot more like a relaxed process on Army of the Dead.

He added, “In the Marvel movies, I feel like I’m working for someone. I always feel like it’s still a job.

“I never started working on Army of the Dead thinking, ‘I can’t change things, I can’t do things differently, I can’t add this.’ ”

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Avengers star Dave Bautista plays Scott Ward in the Netflix movie Army of the Dead (Image: NETFLIX)

Speaking of past acting roles, Bautista said, “In the past, I haven’t been given freedom.

‘Zack [Snyder] let me take lines that were for Scott that he thought were not right for Scott.

“I felt like I was going to work every day and making a contribution.”

However, that’s not to say he hated working with Marvel. The 52-year-old actor has noted that he is extremely loyal to the company and to his close friend and director, Gunn, who directed the Guardians of the Galaxy series.

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Bautista also showed a lot of love for his Marvel character Drax.

He said, “The point is, I feel so comfortable playing Drax. I’ve made as many movies as Drax now.”

But will the lovable, bizarre character change after the actor worked so closely with Snyder? “I’m not going to learn how to make Drax a better Army of the Dead character. He will not change.

“Drax is so fleshed out. I feel so comfortable with him, I know who he is, I know who my castmates are, I know who their characters are, I know James’ directing style and how it’s going to be.”

Bautista continued, “So I don’t think my performance in Army of the Dead will affect what I do in a Marvel movie like Drax.”

He laughed, “I’m in cruise control with Drax! I know him so well.

‘I think more than anything it will be back in that comfort zone with Drax. It’s that luxury. Once I get through that makeup it’s always a nightmare for me! ‘

Army of the Dead will be released on Netflix on May 21, 2021.

The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy movies are now available on Disney Plus.

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