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.

The actors touched upon what it was like to work with Kurt Russell, Drax's relationship with Mantis, Bautista's extensive makeup removal process, and the film's epic soundtrack.

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."

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04: Michael Rooker appears to promote 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' during the BUILD Series at Build Studio on May 4, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Donna Ward/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04: Michael Rooker and Dave Bautista visit Build Studio to discuss 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' at Build Studio on May 4, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04: Dave Bautista and Michael Rooker appear to promote 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' during the BUILD Series at Build Studio on May 4, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Donna Ward/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04: Dave Bautista appears to promote 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' during the BUILD Series at Build Studio on May 4, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Donna Ward/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04: Dave Bautista appears to promote 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' during the BUILD Series at Build Studio on May 4, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Donna Ward/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04: Michael Rooker visits Build Studio to discuss 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' at Build Studio on May 4, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04: Michael Rooker and Dave Bautista appear to promote 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' during the BUILD Series at Build Studio on May 4, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Donna Ward/Getty Images)
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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.

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