Why Dave Bautista Refused To Read The Full Avengers: Infinity War Script

Dave Bautista as Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Dave Bautista had already acted in a few movies when he signed on to play Drax the Destroyer in Guardians of the Galaxy, but the amusing, tattooed warrior has quickly become his most popular role. Drax returned in May for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and he and the rest of the Guardians will be back next year for the event known as Avengers: Infinity War. Bautista has talked on numerous occasions about how excited he's been to be a part of Infinity War, and it's because of that excitement that he decided not to read the entire script. He wants to be surprised about what happens like those who will be sitting in theaters next May. We learned he'd made this decision when a fan asked what his reaction to the script had been, and he responded:

I chose not to read it. Gods honest truth! I want to sit there with my bucket of popcorn and bag on M&M's and be surprised! #fanboy.

One can only hope that during the Avengers: Infinity War premiere, Dave Bautista actually settles down with those concession treats before the movie starts like he laid out in his Twitter answer. It'd be even better if even after seeing the movie, he discreetly attends a regular Infinity War screening to have that fan experience with people who weren't involved with the production. Granted, Bautista already knows what will happen in Drax's scenes since he had to memorize his lines, but depending on how much screentime his character gets in Infinity War, there may a significant portion of plot he's managed to stay in the dark about. How much exactly? Someone will need to ask him after the movie comes out next May.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 took place only a couple months after the events of its predecessor (i.e. sometime in 2014), so when Drax and the other Guardians appear in Avengers: Infinity War, four years will have passed since their on-screen adventure. Aside Groot's growth spurt, it remains to be seen how, or even if, the other Guardians have changed during this interim. However, Dave Bautista did confirm that Drax will share some screen time with Iron Man, which he had previously hoped would happen since he believed that Tony Stark's relentless sarcasm and Drax taking everything literally would make for good comedy. But it won't be all fun and games. The Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy and a scattering of other superheroes will need to join forces to defeat Thanos, who Drax promised he would kill at the end of the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie to truly avenge the murder of his wife and daughter.

Avengers: Infinity War arrives in theaters on May 4, 2018. Before that, you can see Dave Bautista in Blade Runner 2049 when it's released on October 6.

Adam Holmes
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