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:
Retweeting this because although the headline is a bit misleading, I really appreciate them pointing out that I was not bashing anyone. I’m not a disrespectful person. I speak from the heart and sometimes it comes across harsh. I stand by the interview w/ @TB_Times #dreamchaser https://t.co/7yCtNasolh
— Dave Bautista (@DaveBautista) February 27, 2019
Never changed, Dave.