Dave Bautista was very pleased with the Russo Brothers’ approach to the Guardians of the Galaxy.
We’ve known for a while now that Avengers: Infinity War will bring the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy together for the first time. However, some have wondered if the cosmic a-holes can be done justice without James Gunn writing or directing them. Well, it seems that the team is in good hands with the Russo brothers.
Drax actor Dave Bautista recently caught up with Good Morning America and recalled how he was initially concerned with how Joe and Anthony Russo would handle the Guardians:
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"“My biggest, pleasant surprise was working with the Russo brothers. I was familiar with their films, but I wasn’t familiar with how they did things on set, how they directed films. My big concern crossing over was that someone was going to try to take James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy and try to turn them into their version of the Guardians of the Galaxy. It worried me a little bit because I had already done two Guardians films. I knew Drax, I was comfortable with Drax and who he was and I didn’t want to take him in a weird direction that I didn’t think was good for the character.”"
But, as time went on, it became clear the pair understood the characters:
"“But it wasn’t that at all. They kind of just let us do our thing. They gave us free reign to be the Guardians that we know and love and also gave us the luxury of having James Gunn write for us a little bit. But I was just amazed at how supportive they were at letting us just be our characters. They were like, ‘Just go for it.’ We’re really big on improving stuff, the Guardians are, and we started doing it business as usual and they just really go behind it….That’s something I honestly just wasn’t expecting, for someone to be so giving and just let us be ourselves.”"
One thing important to the Marvel Cinematic Universe is making sure the characters remain consistent throughout the various films. It sounds like the Russos (and screenwriters Markus and McFeely) have made sure the Guardians keep their unique voices, which will make it all the more interesting when they cross paths with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.
Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters on May 4, 2018, and the Untitled Avengers Sequel will arrive on May 3, 2019.