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.
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.”
“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.