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Dave Bautista tired of Rock comparisons, also shoots on his acting skills

Following a shock return on Raw this past Monday, the Tampa Bay Times has run an article on Batista entitled “Dave Bautista does not want to be a movie star.”

‘The Animal’ is never afraid of conveying his feelings and has been very vocal about numerous things, from the way WWE handled his unsccessful 2014 return to the poor treatment of his close friend Titus O’Neill following an incident with Vince McMahon on Raw.

The Article touches numerous ground, including his upbringing, his career in wrestling and Hollywood, and of course there is some controversy along the way.

Big Dave starts by shooting down any potential comparisons to his peers:

“Do not compare me to The Rock or John Cena. Everyone does it,” and he “hates” it. “Those guys are wrestlers who became movie stars. I’m … something else. I was a wrestler. Now, I’m an actor.”

The straight shooter is then asked about fellow WWE star turned Hollywood star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and John Cena to a lesser extent:

“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. Would I consider him a great actor? F— no.

I want good roles. I don’t care about Fast and Furious or Bumblebee. … 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. I want to work with Academy Award winners. I’m proud to be a character actor. I want that respect and credibility and education.”

It’s obvious Batista gets tired of the comparisons and even though some may view his comments as overly critical to his wrestling brethren, he stands by them whilst maintaining he was not trying to disparage either man:

Never changed, Dave.


  • Soulshroude

    You’re kidding, right? Cena has been acting a lot longer than Dwayne. Have you been keeping up, or just writing a comment based upon your own bias speculation?

  • Soulshroude

    It’s funny… Batista making fun of Dwayne and yet their friends, gotta love “builds” to matches that may never happen. Welcome back, Dave.

  • CC

    He was not established from the start. The Scorpion King was at least partially produced by WWE studios and was not exactly a huge hit only making around $165mil compared to the Mummy Returns, the film that spawned the character, which did over $430mil.

    After that, he starred in a bunch of not so successful films where the roles were not written for him.

    Simple fact is, would you deny that Clint Eastwood is not an actor just because after he became established, roles were written for him?

    Films like Guardians of the galaxy and Bond are hardly high brow movies, and neither is the god awful Escape plan 2 or Wrong side of the tracks, so still not seeing where Dave sees himself as any different to The Rock. He has hardly done any deep meaningful roles yet. The Rock has at least done more varied roles outside the traditional action flicks he is known for with stuff like Pain & Gain, Snitch and Faster.

  • Keith Learmonth

    I mean, The Scorpion king, in particular, was -literally- written specifically for him, as he’d already played the character in The Mummy Returns. He set a world record at the time for highest pay for an actor in his first starring role, too. He was “established” right from the start.

  • CC

    How do you know the roles are written for him and does not have to audition? Especially in his early days. Look at films like Jumanji.

    The difference now is The Rock is established Batista isn’t.
    Do you think roles like the Tooth Fairy, Scorpion King and roles in films like Walking tall and Rundown were written for him? He had to audition for those roles, just as I am sure he had to audition to be Hobbs in an already established franchise like F&F.
    You do not walk into roles until you are established. Even Schwarzeneger auditioned in his early days as some of his movies were actually written with other people in mind.

  • Keith Learmonth

    I’d argue that that’s half of what Dave’s initial point is, though. The Rock is a Movie Star. He gets big, starring roles in everything, with characters written -for him-, because he is Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

    Batista, on the other hand, goes through the audition process, doesn’t get characters specifically written for him, and isn’t handed starring roles just because of who he is. He’s trying to be an actor.

    It’s a small distinction, but it is distinct. Like, Arnold Schwarzenneger? Fantastic movie star, but as an actor, he’s limited. They build roles around him. Gary Oldman is an actor, more than he’s a movie star, though, because he changes himself for the roles.

    Rock’s trying to follow the Schwarzennegger path, while Batista is trying to follow the Oldman path.

  • CC

    What? He has been in one of the most successful movie franchises in modern movie history, the F&F and even has his own spin off, and is one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood right now. And the big difference is, he is the star. Batista has yet to have a starring role in a movie. He is part of an ensemble cast in Guardians, and was a very small part of the Bond movie. The Rock has a whole catalogue of starring roles in successful movies. The new Jumanji and San Andreas were both successful too. In fact, while maybe not raking in billions of dollars, quite a few of his movies considering their budget such as Hercules for instance, have been successes.

    Go watch him in movies like Faster, Snitch and Pain and gain, and them tell me he does not have a bigger portfolio than Dave.

  • Nicholas Giambattista

    The Rock Dwayne Johnson has a net worth of $280 million. He is one of the most popular actor in Hollywood. I don’t think Batista will every be a big as The Rock in Hollywood.

    John Cena he just beginning his Hollywood career so it to early to see how good of an actor he is going to be.

  • Yespage

    I’d say that he has been in movies that are big and mattered. The Rock, really hasn’t been in much of what I’d consider big or significant movies other than Moana. The Rock wasn’t in a Bond film or in the Marvel universe near out of the gate.

    Regardless, he needs to expand his portfolio before claiming a rich film career.

  • CC

    And his biggest roles are in a movie where he plays an alien full of special effects, and an spy movie where he plays someone who does not talk.
    Not taking anything away from what he has achieved, but he is delusional if he thinks he is any better of an “actor” than The Rock.

    He is funny as hell as Drax and his delivery is great, but the same could be said of The Rock in most of his films.