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    Here's Why Dave Bautista Says He's Relieved To Be Exiting The Marvel Cinematic Universe

    Dave will play Drax for the final time in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 later this year.

    Dave Bautista is glad to be stepping away from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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    Over the course of the past 10 years, Dave has portrayed Drax the Destroyer in seven different Marvel flicks.

    Drax rides in a space shuttle

    This May, he'll hit the big screen as Drax for the final time in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 — and he admits that he's relieved to say goodbye to the character.

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    "I’m so grateful for Drax. I love him. But there’s a relief [that it’s over]," Dave said in an interview with GQ magazine.

    Drax stands in front of a fiery scene

    He continued, "It wasn’t all pleasant. It was hard playing that role."

    A closeup of Dave

    Dave particularly called out the extensive makeup process, saying that it "was beating [him] down."

    Drax holds two swords with his arms crossed

    "And I just don’t know if I want Drax to be my legacy — it’s a silly performance, and I want to do more dramatic stuff," Dave added.

    A closeup of Dave

    While Dave will be exiting the MCU, he's got plenty of other roles lined up including M. Night Shyamalan’s Knock at the Cabin and an expanded part in the Dune sequel.

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    "Honestly, I could give a fuck [about being a movie star]. ... I don’t care about the spotlight, I don’t care about fame. I just want to be a better actor," Dave shared.

    A closeup of Dave

    He added, "I want respect from my peers. I don’t need accolades — I really don’t, man. It’s about the experience, about knowing that I accomplished something."

    A closeup of Dave

    Hopefully, Dave's future roles are more fulfilling for him! You can read all that he had to say here.