Dave Bautista: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' was my big break
Michael Rooker and Dave Bautista stopped by BUILD Series to dish about their latest addition to the Marvel superhero franchise, "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2."
The James Gunn-directed sequel follows Peter Quill aka Star-Lord (Pratt) on his journey to discover his true origins and save the universe, again. Rooker reprises his role of Yondu, Quill's ruthless father figure, and Bautista plays Drax the Destroyer, a sometimes-gentle giant. The sci-fi flick features Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, and Vin Diesel as well.
Bautista also opened up about his rocky transition from pro WWE wrestler to actor:
"It was rough. I left behind a very lucrative career in professional wrestling because they wouldn't let me pursue acting outside the company...I left with no offers," he said. "For three years, I barely worked. 'Guardians of the Galaxy' opened up the floodgates...People saw me as an actor, instead of an ex-meathead."
Rooker then revealed how he got in shape for the action-packed blockbuster:
"I was working out for this [film] and two weeks before my shirtless scene, I had a revelation...I should not have this amazing, sculpted superhero body..." Rooker said.
"In the first scene of the movie, we realize [Yondu] is not the badass leader he seems. He's very vulnerable, quiet, and private. Then, bam! The facade is back on...I build my character from [the inside out], before any makeup and wardrobe. That has nothing to do with what's going on."
Catch your favorite lovable misfits in "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," which hits theaters today.