Guardians of the Galaxy News: Batista Speaks on Drax, Acting in Shakespeare


Dave Batista did an interview in the UK where he had some interesting comments. Here are some highlights:

on being taken serious as an actor
That’s the thing, when I left WWE to pursue acting, that’s what I wanted to do. I wanted to pursue acting, which has not been easy to do because I think people automatically want to slap this label on me, which is very frustrating.

on Drax being a breakout role
It is what it is, and I get it… [But] that’s what I’ve been in the pursuit of. More dialogue-driven roles, more character-driven [and] storyline-driven roles, the stuff that I’m a fan of. I definitely hope that Drax will open some doors for me.

on possibly pursuing Shakespeare
My first acting lessons were Shakespeare. The first time I ever started working with a coach was doing scenes from Measure for Measure which were tough dramatic scenes. And then Taming of the Shrew, which required comedic timing. And that’s the kind of stuff I love… The thing I would struggle with Shakespeare is actually remembering all the dialogue because you have to be so precise… [But] that’s not out of my imagination at all. I can very easily see myself in pursuit of Shakespeare.

Check out the full interview at Mirror

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