Dave Bautista, who starred as Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy, had a tough time obtaining his breakthrough role. In addition to recalling his rise to fame in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Guardians star often pays tribute to who he was before stardom. Bautista opened up about his financial struggles in a recent interview.
The website quotes Bautista as saying, “For people to really understand how much my life has changed, they would have to understand where I came from, what I went through in wrestling, and what I left behind when I decided to try acting.”
As soon as Guardians of the Galaxy hit theatres in 2014, Bautista was thrust into a string of hit movies. The actor has appeared in Blade Runner 2049, Stuber, Army of the Dead, and Dune, which will be released in December. Both, Thor: Love and Thunder and the highly anticipated Knives Out 2, will feature him in 2022.
Drax changed Bautista’s Career
“So, Drax didn’t just change my life, he changed my career as well! My life was changed forever. My life has improved and I’ve become more successful as a result of this “In describing his role as Drax, Bautista said, “Things began to seem surreal at that point. Just a few years ago, I was borrowing money to buy food and pay rent. Borrow money to buy Christmas presents for my children. [All of this] happened within a short time. As a result, it happened to me very quickly, which made it seem even stranger. But it did, and it changed my life in a significant manner. It gave me a chance at a better life.”
He continued by saying, “During the three years that I was preparing for the role of Drax in Guardians, I barely worked at all. Wrestling had become a distant memory for me. I could have turned around and gone back to it, but I would have remained stuck in the same place and never progressed. It wasn’t just the fact that I had no money that caused everything to change when I was cast. As a result of the foreclosure on my home, I had nothing. All of my possessions were sold. When I was wrestling, I sold everything I earned. I had a problem with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). I was completely lost in the midst of it all.”
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