Dave Bautista's Incredible Drax Transformation

  • Published: 08 October 2019
  • Retired pro wrestler Dave Bautista's body has always been his instrument, but just how do the special-effect magicians of Marvel transform a titan of the ring into an extraterrestrial soldier of fortune? The answer involves a lot more dental fakery, time in the sauna, and prosthetic sheeting than you might guess.

    Any artist will tell you that practice is key to mastery. But if the artist's canvas is a person who has to eat, sleep, and live life outside the makeup chair, the best way to practice is to make a model and go to town on it. That goes for Bautista's transformation into Drax, which begins with a model of his body, which includes his head, face, arms, and torso down to his hips.

    From this, the makeup team creates a clear plastic mold with holes to indicate where Drax's many tattoos and scars must be placed. The plastic mold is placed on Bautista at the start of his makeup session, and a type of rice-paper-based special effects makeup known as "skin Illustrator" is airbrushed through the holes. The result is a map of where Drax's tattoos should be placed with an impressive level of precision, allowing the artists to access a portable, easily replicated starting point. This level of precision is essential to maintain continuity with a visually complex character like Drax.

    You may think it's easy to remember what color Drax is, but it's honestly pretty complicated. Compare how he looks in the sterile light of a spaceship to the warmer sunlight of Ego's home in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. As it turns out, his hard-to-pin-down coloration is very much by design. Keep watching the video to see Dave Bautista's incredible Drax transformation!

    #DaveBautista #Drax

    Making a mold | 0:17
    The proper tone | 1:17
    Time for tattoos | 2:01
    The masterpiece is sealed | 2:51
    Improper dental hygiene | 3:34
    A piercing gaze | 4:15
    Taking it all off | 4:51
    A faster process | 5:46
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Comments • 58

  • Looper
    Looper   2 weeks back

    Where do you rank Drax among the MCU heroes?

    • Terri MacKay
      Terri MacKay  2 weeks back

      He's definitely my favourite Guardian. 😍

  • Livinghighandwise
    Livinghighandwise  2 days back

    Ok. So who can answer this question for me. How much did Dave get paid in the first Guardians's movie?

    • jamie turnage
      jamie turnage  2 days back

      drax fights like a acient anglo saxon or viking with temper and all

      • No! I'm Here To Warn You !


      • el bandido jefe
        el bandido jefe  4 days back

        this is the only rule dave can play, he sucks as an actor

        • CK_32
          CK_32  4 days back

          Body paint and steroids is a “incredible transformation”?

          • TheMytholoGER
            TheMytholoGER  5 days back

            I always wondered what his make-up process involved, thanks Looper.👌

            • Uriah Light
              Uriah Light  5 days back

              Movie critics deserve to undergo this makeup treatment daily

              • Jason
                Jason  5 days back

                Damm I love drax character , but they seem literally forget about the "the destroyer" aspect of the character

                • Jason
                  Jason  3 days back

                  @DKC Returns literally , atleast in one of the reality stone manipulation scene

                • DKC Returns
                  DKC Returns  3 days back

                  Jason He shoulda ripped Thanos in half

              • Frankie Norbert Steiner

                Drax kicks names n takes ass.

                • TwstedTV
                  TwstedTV  1 weeks back

                  i LOVE this channel, because you guys have good content without trying to sell people a bunch of crap or other stupid advertisement...
                  Keep up the great work.!!! :)

                  • Rene Hinojosa
                    Rene Hinojosa  1 weeks back

                    Transformation? What transformation? All that was needed was paint basically.

                    • CK_32
                      CK_32  4 days back

                      Rene Hinojosa and steroids

                  • Landyn Lyerla
                    Landyn Lyerla  2 weeks back

                    Batista was cut waaaaay before the big screen.

                    • Chris Mitchell
                      Chris Mitchell  2 weeks back

                      Just learned a new word...."essentual"

                      • Dave Ambrose
                        Dave Ambrose  2 weeks back

                        The crazy thing about this is that back in his prime 05-10 he was even more massive

                        • Star Brand
                          Star Brand  2 weeks back

                          I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry but... at 1:11 did anyone else hear the narrator say "essentual"? It's essential not essenTUAL.

                          • Tom Kenney
                            Tom Kenney  5 days back

                            And are you the company that sells Star-Lord's merch?

                          • Tom Kenney
                            Tom Kenney  5 days back

                            eSensual, aka robotic escorts. Yeah, I heard it.

                          • Royal Nelson
                            Royal Nelson  5 days back

                            Shut up smart guy.😂

                          • phixion.
                            phixion.  1 weeks back

                            You must be fun.....

                        • William Groves
                          William Groves  2 weeks back


                          • Mark Hoch
                            Mark Hoch  2 weeks back

                            The makeup process looks terrible but what about all the time this guy spend in the gym.

                            • Eric Shutter
                              Eric Shutter  2 weeks back

                              Drax ... amazing character. Needs 10 more movies... with his crazy friends ofc...

                              • joe bloggs
                                joe bloggs  6 days back

                                We still need a GotG 3 with Black Adam (sp?)

                            • pubup
                              pubup  2 weeks back

                              ahh billy elliot. the best MCU hero

                              • Struggle Drax
                                Struggle Drax  2 weeks back

                                Hello earth humans.

                                • K S
                                  K S  2 weeks back

                                  Dave sure has done a great job in moving into acting. Really enjoy watching him. Don't know if he remembers me but I use to do security in Winnipeg and met a lot of the wrestlers. They are all a great bunch Of guys

                                  • Playboy DD
                                    Playboy DD  2 weeks back

                                    Who else clicked fast💀😂
                                    On the road to 1k🖤

                                    • Agent Venom
                                      Agent Venom  2 weeks back

                                      Now he voices in **Gears 5**
                                      Which is cool too

                                      • MSTRKRFT25
                                        MSTRKRFT25  2 weeks back

                                        Every time I scroll thru my feed and see any avengers related video before seeing the channel, my head just says “...Looper...”

                                        I look down ... it’s a looper video lol

                                      • xh117
                                        xh117  2 weeks back

                                        why did they make him so grey? isn't he greenish blue in the comics

                                        • Kai wood
                                          Kai wood  2 weeks back

                                          Well the comics are there to take inspiration from not just take everything thing from I think it looks better

                                      • Chicken Nugget
                                        Chicken Nugget  2 weeks back


                                        • vinifari 2300
                                          vinifari 2300  2 weeks back


                                          • mybabyb15
                                            mybabyb15  2 weeks back

                                            Is it bad that i just realized he had tattoos lol

                                            • Zero
                                              Zero  1 weeks back

                                              @Steven Quinn i also don't watch wwe but i know he had tattoos

                                            • Steven Quinn
                                              Steven Quinn  1 weeks back

                                              @Zero who does? Then again, it's acting too.. .. Watch some mma and get my drift

                                            • Zero
                                              Zero  2 weeks back

                                              You don't watch WWE?

                                            • Trevor Houff
                                              Trevor Houff  2 weeks back

                                              Yea i thought that was just his alien skin

                                            • Steven Quinn
                                              Steven Quinn  2 weeks back

                                              Realising and being told are two different things

                                          • Mr. Areeb ッ 彡
                                            Mr. Areeb ッ 彡  2 weeks back


                                            • Meena P Menon
                                              Meena P Menon  2 weeks back

                                              I am the sixth to comment if that's a thing

                                              • Hey man
                                                Hey man  2 weeks back

                                                First like

                                                • Raj Roy
                                                  Raj Roy  2 weeks back

                                                  I can't see Batista anywhere in this video...😟

                                                  • Colin Fox
                                                    Colin Fox  2 weeks back

                                                    @aa a No - remember, Drax has mastered the art of being so still you can't see him.

                                                  • aa a
                                                    aa a  2 weeks back

                                                    its batista, not john cena.

                                                  • Tor André Engedal
                                                    Tor André Engedal  2 weeks back

                                                    You can. If you just look extremely closely.

                                                • João Calvário
                                                  João Calvário  2 weeks back


                                                  • killerkyle56
                                                    killerkyle56  2 weeks back

                                                    Everyone sub and like my latest vid it would mean the world to me

                                                    • killerkyle56
                                                      killerkyle56  2 weeks back


                                                      • Best Deal Window Tint
                                                        Best Deal Window Tint  2 weeks back

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