Warning: Contains Avengers: Infinity War Spoilers
Sometimes the funniest line in a film can be completely off the cuff, and all the more hilarious for it.
By now, Dave Bautista understands his character Drax inside and out, knowing just the sort of thing he would say under certain circumstances.
Ever since we were first acquainted with Drax back in 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy, one of his defining characteristics has been his utter obliviousness to various social situations.
We have all had a good chuckle at some at Drax’s blunders, which can sometimes come across as unintentionally rude. And in Avengers: Infinity War he knocked it out of the ball park…
Drax might be unintentionally savage but his words are gold. pic.twitter.com/Zq9M0o0g2Z
— A | D (@AizatDin_) May 5, 2018
In an interview with Yahoo! Entertainment, Infinity War’s screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely revealed Drax’s most chuckleworthy line was completely improvised.
Now, many of us left the cinema after Infinity War feeling emotionally wrecked. So Drax’s ability to lighten to the mood was super welcome.
One of the many tense moments in the movie involved a showdown between Iron Man and Star-Lord on Titan, with each hero trying to weigh up the others allegiances. Then of course Drax weighs in and smashes the tension with a belter of a one-liner.
According to Markus:
The script only said, ‘Where is Gamora?’ ‘I’ll do you even better: Who is Gamora?’ And then one day Bautista just goes, ‘I’ll do you one better: Why is Gamora?’
It’s like, ‘OK, you’re very good at your job.’
Okay y'all here's a list of all the scenes in infinity war that were improvised that we know of yet
• "I don't feel so good" scene
• Cap and Thor's "beard" scene
• Drax's "invisible" scene
Infinity War will forever be known as the Marvel movie with most improvised scenes
— SHAUNWAN SAW IW 2x (@SIayDragons) May 5, 2018
— IGN (@IGN) May 5, 2018
Back in 2017, Bautista spoke with CBR.com about his character’s deadpan style of delivery, which he admitted he didn’t quite get initially:
What I usually do when I get a script is I read my dialogue first, I just didn’t really get the jokes. I just didn’t think Drax was that significant in the film [Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume Two], and I don’t find myself funny at all.
So I remember reading, and I’m just sitting there not laughing. Like, wow, it was disappointing because I thought Drax was going to be so much more.
When we sat down for the table read, is when it clicked. It clicked in my head. For one, I could hear everybody doing their own parts, and it was just so funny and deep, and some of it sad.
But also, when I would say my lines and people would laugh, it would kind of start to make sense.
It’s so funny, because we can a lot of times gauge our performance on James’ [Gunn] laughter off a set, or he gets very excited. He’s a very excited director.
If he loves something, he’ll come running out and go, ‘Oh, my God! That’s great! That was great!’ Then walk back. Other times, we can just hear him at the monitors just laughing hysterically.
That’s how we actually found that laugh in the first film. He was saying, ‘Can you do it bigger?’
And I’d start laughing bigger, and I could hear him laughing. The laughing would just get louder and louder. So a lot of times I gauge myself by his laughter or his excitement, which is great.
thor: you’re pretty bad at listening.
drax [blushing]: thanks for saying i’m pretty.
— incorrect marvel (@incorrectmarvel) May 6, 2018
We all need a friend like Drax, who can stomp unwittingly into heated situations and lift the atmosphere.
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Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.