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In a recent interview with Yahoo! Movies, Dave Bautista sat down to discuss his latest film, Bushwick, a combative action thriller set in present day Brooklyn. When talking with Yahoo! about the flick, Bautista had quite a bit to say regarding his character, Stupe, who's described as a gruff neighborhood dweller who winds up in conflict with a well-armed militia.
In addition to talking about Bushwick, Bautista answered various questions about another of his latest films, Avengers: Infinity War —which shouldn't come as a surprise. Information on the film has been scarce, so any insight on what's going on behind the scenes of Infinity War is definitely of interest. Fortunately, Bautista didn't fail to deliver on some interesting tidbits.
Dave Bautista Talks Drax in Avengers: Infinity War
One of the first questions Bautista was asked had to do with his ability to improv. If you're not aware, Bautista has become known for his ability to improvise scenes. When asked whether or not he'd improvised any scenes in Avengers: Infinity War, this is what he had to say:
"I have a lot of interaction with Chris [Pratt] and Pom [Klementieff, who plays Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2‘s breakout character Mantis], and it’s always great when they let me play the straight man to Chris’s humor. When we said something funny, [the Russo brothers, who are directing Infinity War and the next Avengers film back-to-back] would come in after the take and go, “What was that you said? Say that again!” They were really excited about it.
In addition to confirming that he improvised some scenes with his Guardians of the Galaxy cohorts, Bautista also elaborated on his interactions with Robert Downey Jr. We knew early on that he'd shot scenes with RDJ, but fans were left wondering what kind of interaction Drax would have with Iron Man on screen. Now, however, we have some idea of the dynamic.
When Bautista was asked whether or not he'd received an opportunity to riff with RDJ during filming, he admitted to shooting some scenes where their interactions were good, but pointed out that he's unsure of what will make it to the final cut. Bautista doesn't make a big deal out of it, but he makes it seem like some of the footage he shot with RDJ won't make it to the theatrical cut. Here are Bautista's entire comments on the matter:
"We do. I’m excited about some of the stuff we did, but I don’t know what’s going to make it in the film. I always thought there would be a lot of good interaction between Tony Stark and Drax, and there was. And Star-Lord and Tony Stark as well. When you put those two guys in a room together, it’s like a spontaneous combustion. Talk about two talented guys who are so witty and smart and honed-in on their craft. It was a spectacle, and I’m so excited I got to witness it firsthand."
Will additional footage be included in a blu-ray edition, or perhaps a Director's Cut?
It's unclear if Bautista is talking about scenes that were shot and got left on the cutting room floor, or the scenes that weren't necessarily supposed to be in the film but got shot anyway. Either way, some extra footage of Bautista's scenes with RDJ could be left out of the theatrical version of Infinity War. The good news is that any footage left out of the version that debuts in theaters will probably be released at a later time—either as additional content in a Blu-Ray extras or a Director's Cut. Infinity War is already timed at over three hours long, so it wouldn't come as a surprise to learn of a director's cut containing even more footage, including the scenes Bautista was referring to.
Another interesting tidbit Bautista revealed confirms Chris Pratt and RDJ will share some close quarter scenes with each other, Bautista called their interactions "spontaneous combustion", which could have a variety of meanings. The only thing we should count on are their scenes being entertaining.
Nevertheless, it'll be intriguing to see how those scenes play out. Bautista makes it sound like we're in for some humorous and standout moments from himself, Chris Pratt, and Robert Downey Jr. They haven't disappointed us yet, so their performances in this Marvel movie should something special.
Avengers: Infinity War opened in theaters on May 8, 2018.
[Source: Yahoo! Movies]