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Dave Bautista talks 'Guardians of the Galaxy,' transforming from Batista to Drax, leaving WWE and more



When he isn't guarding the galaxy, Drax the Destroyer's favorite corner of the universe is Tampa.

Neighbors and friends know him as Dave Bautista. Pro wrestling fans cheered him as "Batista," a 10-time WWE champion.

The world now knows Bautista as Drax, the hulking, gray-skinned breakout star of Guardians of the Galaxy, the blockbuster based on Marvel Comics' atypical superheroes. Bautista's past few weeks have been an international whirlwind of red carpets, interviews and Comic Cons, as the phenomenon begins to sink in.

"I'm a pretty low-key guy, not really used to all the attention, nor can I say that I'm all that comfortable with it," Bautista, 45, said in a telephone interview from his recently purchased home in South Tampa. "Right now all I want to do is be at home, under my rock, in my normal, everyday life."

In other words, Drax just wants to relax.

"That's one thing I love about Tampa; I can just blend right in," Bautista said, with a pair of pit bulls and a Catahoula barking in the background. "Nobody really cares. We went out (Tuesday) to eat in Hyde Park and then went to the aquarium and nobody said a thing to me."

For more of Steve Persall's interview with Dave Bautista, click here.

[Last modified: Thursday, August 7, 2014 11:56am]


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