Dave Bautista Gives Emotional Goodbye To Drax And Guardians Of The Galaxy
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Guardians of the Galaxy star Dave Bautista has penned an emotional goodbye to his character Drax.
Director James Gunn confirmed on Sunday, 8 May, that filming for the third and final instalment of the blockbuster trilogy had wrapped, and now former WWE star Bautista has shared his thoughts.
Taking to Instagram with a snap of himself and some of his co-stars – including Chris Pratt and Karen Gillan – Bautista wrote: “Haven't found the words yet.”
He continued: "It ended so suddenly and I was on to my next film before I could process it all. End of a journey that changed my life.”
Bautista has played Drax the Destroyer – a former intergalactic criminal turned lovable hero – in all three of the Gunn-directed Marvel films.
Over the weekend, Gunn penned his own lengthy farewell to Guardians of the Galaxy, after nearly a decade of working on the films.
Confirming that the threequel had wrapped, he shared a touching post with his two million followers reflecting on all three movies.
Gunn wrote in part: “After over 100 days of shooting & over 3000 shots, this is the slate for the final shot of #GotGVol3, presented to me by the camera crew. It was an easy shot of Rocket seated, 1st with @seangunn, & then nothing there, & took everything in me not to break down sobbing on the spot.”
He continued: “The majority of the last ten years of my life have been spent working on & thinking about the Guardians. I still have a long road ahead of me with VFX & editing, but it was still momentous to me.
“It is somewhat simple to explain to others how much I love this cast & crew. It is more difficult to explain how much I love these characters – that I see them as parts of myself & parts of those I love, & filming them, & writing their words, is a way of expressing that love.
"Again, I'll still be working with them over the next year until release, but shooting that last shot was a reminder of the warm impermanence of life & love, & how that impermanence makes it so precious, so valuable, & is a good reason to be grateful for what I have right now."
During an interview with UNILAD last year, the director confirmed the third Guardians instalment would be the last.
Gunn shared: “It’s the end of my run on Guardians, as I see it. It’s the end of Dave’s run. It’s really telling the story… we’re getting a lot more on the story of Rocket and who Rocket is. He’s the character I feel closest to.”
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