James Gunn praises 'superhero' Dave Bautista

August 23rd, 2014

'Guardians of the Galaxy' director James Gunn says Dave Bautista's superhero-like strength was a godsend on set.

Bautista rose to international fame through the WWE, before making the transition to the world of cinema - and the filmmaker found his actor's unique talents came in handy on one particularly unpleasant occasion.

He explained to BANG Showbiz: ''There was a guy who was a crew member who was bothering a group of people. And he came to this party and was offering me drugs, and I don't even drink.

''I was like, 'Get away from me!' and then he grabbed the little person who was a reference for Rocket Racoon on set.''

The confrontation continued to escalate until Bautista - who is over six-foot tall and 278lbs - got involved and ended the situation very abruptly.

Gunn added: ''This guy got all in Dave's face. But Dave has actual super powers and he put his hand in his face. He tapped the guy and he flew back. He has actual super powers!''