HOW MUCH IS A PINT OF MILK?

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How much is a pint of milk?

I drink al­mond milk and flax milk, which I buy by the quart, and that’s about five bucks, I think. Am I be­ing conned? Oh man.

Do you have a nick­name?

My nick­name since I was a kid has been DJ, be­cause I’m David Ju­nior. My fam­ily still calls me that.

Do you have a sig­na­ture dish?

It’s a Filipino dish called adobo, which I make with chicken. I’ve made it for peo­ple like James Gunn and the Guardians cast. I love to cook.

When were you most starstruck?

I think it was ac­tu­ally Ryan Gosling [on Blade

Run­ner 2049]. It was one of those things where you don’t re­alise quite how big a fan you are un­til you meet them. I couldn’t stop hug­ging him.

What is the worst smell in the world?

Hockey locker rooms. I smelled a lot in my years as a wrestler, be­cause we’d be fight­ing in places also used by hockey teams. It is a wretched smell.

When were you last naked out­doors?

I only re­ally do that when I’m home and I haven’t been home in a while. To get to some parts of my house re­quires go­ing out­side and I don’t tend to get dressed for it.

What char­ac­ter were you in your first-ever school play?

I’ve never done one! I was way too shy.

Have you ever writ­ten fan mail to any­one?

I sent an email to Pierce Bros­nan af­ter I worked with him on a film in Lon­don [Fi­nal Score]. I’m a huge fan, but I thought it might be weird to tell him that be­fore we started shoot­ing. So I wrote him a lit­tle love let­ter af­ter­wards.

From one to ten, how hairy is your arse?

I was just dis­cussing my butt hair with my wife last night. When I play Drax [in Guardians Of The

Galaxy], I take off all the make-up in a sauna and it runs into my butt crack. Some of it will get stuck in my butt hair, so the less hair I have the bet­ter. For­tu­nately, I’d say that on the scale I’m about a three or four. I don’t have a thick coat­ing of fur.

Which movie have you seen the most?

A lot of those ones from the late ’70s — Star Wars, Jaws, Close En­coun­ters. Ac­tu­ally, the one I’ve seen most is prob­a­bly The God­fa­ther.

Whose poster was on your wall as a kid?

When I was a teenager I had a huge Led Zep­pelin poster on the wall, the kind you would shine a black light on.

Do you have any scars?

I have a bunch, ob­vi­ously. Two on the bridge of my nose, in a criss-cross, which I think peo­ple just think is a wrin­kle. I got kicked and el­bowed in the head.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever put in your mouth?

Durian fruit. It tastes like rotten onions. Peo­ple say it smells hor­ri­ble but tastes nice, and they are wrong. That stayed with me for days.

What’s the strangest place you’ve ever thrown up?

In a jan­i­tor’s closet. In fact, in a mop bucket. I ate too much be­fore a wrestling match and then af­ter­wards I was scram­bling around for some­where to throw up. That seemed the best op­tion.

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