Greek-Filipino Dave Bautista Talks ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Role at Comic-Con

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As Comic-Con 2013 wraps up in San Diego, Calif., big casting and movie news came out of the event in regards to the forthcoming film, “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

Greek-Filipino wrestler-turned-actor Dave Bautista (also known as “Batista”) will play the role of Drax the Destroyer in the Disney/Marvel Studios-produced action/adventure sci-fi. Only a few days into filming, attendees at Comic-Con already got a sneak peek at footage from the film, which hits theaters Summer 2014.

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Based on the Marvel comic, “Guardians of the Galaxy” revolves around a diverse team of aliens who form a squad capable of defeating cosmic threats. Drax the Destroyer was a human who was killed and resurrected with a mission: to kill super villain Thanos. The character of Thanos is based on Greek mythology, deriving from “Thanatos,” the personification of death and mortality.

Drax the Destroyer, Marvel Comics
Marvel Comics’ Drax the Destroyer

It was also announced at Comic-Con that Thanos will appear in the film, though no word yet on who will play the role. Rumor has it that Vin Diesel may be cast in the part, which would mean he and Bautista could be teaming up once again since they both star in the upcoming thriller “Riddick.”

Bautista, whose mother is Greek and father is Filipino, sports a tattoo on his arm with both flags side-by-side. At the press conference for “Guardians of the Galaxy,” the former wrestler said he “cried” when he found out he was cast as Drax. Directed by James Gunn, the film also stars Benicio Del Toro, Chris Pratt, Michael Rooker, Lee Pace, Karen Gillan, John C. Reilly and Glenn Close.

Check out the panel discussion with the director and some of the cast at San Diego Comic-Con 2013:

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