Dave Bautista Says He Is A Serious Actor, Dwayne Johnson And John Cena Are ‘Movie Stars’

Dave Bautista refuses to rest on his wrestling stardom.

The former WWE World Heavyweight Champion has become a hot commodity in the film industry with significant roles in “Guardians of the Galaxy”, “Spectre”, “Blade Runner 2049”, and the upcoming “Dune” remake.

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Bautista, 50, takes his new craft seriously. He wants to earn his roles based on his talent as an actor and not because of his fame as a professional wrestler.

“Do not compare me to ‘The Rock’ or John Cena. Everyone does it,” Bautista said in a recent interview with the Tampa Bay Times. “Those guys are wrestlers who became movie stars. I’m… something else. I was a wrestler. Now, I’m an actor.”

“‘Rock’ was, in a way, a movie star before he was even a movie star. There is something about him that’s really special. I’d never take that away from him,” he assured. “Would I consider him a great actor? F**k no.”

Bautista wants roles with substance, not just any mainstream blockbuster action film. “I want good roles. I don’t care about ‘Fast and Furious’ or ‘Bumblebee’,” he said. “That’s not the kind of stardom I want.”

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“I want to be in ‘Dune’. I want to work with Denis Villeneuve. I want to work with Sam Mendes and Jodie Foster,” Bautista explained. “I want to work with Academy Award winners. I’m proud to be a character actor. I want that respect and credibility and education.”

In between acting gigs, Bautista recently returned to WWE. His character attacked Ric Flair during the legend’s 70th birthday celebration, possibly leading to a WrestleMania bout between Bautista and Triple H.

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