Guardians of the Galaxy – Asian Represent: Dave Bautista

Like everyone else this summer season, I’ve been listening to the Awesome Mix Vol. 1 and quoting one-liners from the movie Guardians of the Galaxy.

One of my favorite lines to recall is from Drax the Destroyer: “NOTHING goes over my head!… My reflexes are too fast, I would catch it.”

So I’ve been seeing a few comments here and there about there not being any Asian American representation on this summer blockbuster hit, and I understand that it’s hard to realize that under all of those red tattoos of Drax the Destroyer is Dave Bautista, who is half Filipino (dad) and half Greek (mom).


When I saw Drax fill the screen, I didn’t realize he was Asian American either, so I, too, had to be informed that in fact, an Asian American actor was playing one of the major characters in this highly successful movie.

Bautista is also known as Batista, and he was a professional wrestling heavyweight champion and MMA fighter. He’s been covered on 8Asians before as well.

Fear not Asian America. Represent.

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