Wrestler-turned-actor Dave Bautista, 49, plays a medical orderly named Everest at a secret hospital for criminals in the just-released action-thriller Hotel Artemis, costarring Jodie Foster, Sterling K. Brown, and Sofia Boutella. So we asked the Guardians of the Galaxy star for his best tips on staying healthy.
As a promotion for the movie, Dave Bautista recorded a (theoretically) soothing meditation message in which he urges listeners to “forget the raging world outside your door and focus on you.” But the man best known for playing Drax the Destroyer in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is less than zen when it comes to relaxing in real life. “I don’t meditate at all,” Bautista says. “I punch stuff and I lift weights — that’s how I relax and focus.”
What can bring Bautista to his knees? Gluten! The actor claims the substance was responsible for his asthma from his youth, which would land him in the emergency room up to three times a week. “I have been gluten-free since 2010,” he says. “It changed my life, man.”
Bautista was badly injured on several occasions during his wrestling career, which he attributes to being “too muscle-bound.” He has since slimmed down, which partly explains why his Hotel Artemis costar Jodie Foster teased him about his comparatively diminutive stature at their first table read. “She goes, ‘Liam Neeson is much bigger than you,’ ” says Bautista. “It shook me up.” But Sterling K. Brown was able to put his mind at ease, confirming to Bautista: “ ‘She was just f—ing with you!’ ”
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Bautista admits he didn’t actually do too much research for his role in Hotel Artemis. “We had advisers on set, and I kind of depended on them for that,” he says. So readers shouldn’t depend on the actor for emergency treatment? “I will give you directions to the closest hospital,” he says with a laugh. “But if you actually need hands-on help, then probably not.”
Watch Bautista’s “Guide to Mindful Meditation” below and the trailer for Hotel Artemis, above.
Hotel Artemis is now playing.