Former professional wrestler Dave Bautista reveals about leaving the wrestling ring for Hollywood. The ex-WWE wrestler began his acting career in 2006 and has appeared in several films such as The Man with the Iron Fists, Riddick, the James Bond film Spectre and Blade Runner 2049. However, he is best known for playing the role of Drax the Destroyer in Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Dave said that he had to work “really hard” to earn respect as an actor as he had to break the wrestler image. So he had to turn down several offers in action films.
The 51-year-old actor, who has now retired from professional wrestling, said to Sports Illustrated magazine, “I didn’t leave wrestling to become a movie star, I left to be an actor. I’ve worked really hard to prove myself and earn the respect of my peers and audiences. It’s been a tough route. I’ve really pursued roles that are the actor’s pieces, and I’ve turned down a lot of roles that would have been better suited for me as an ex-wrestler.”
The Guardians of the Galaxy star also talked about the road that he took to prove his acting chops. He said, “Those are the roles most people expected me to take, but I’ve chosen to go the unexpected route to prove myself as an actor. I feel like people expect less from a wrestler-turned-actor, but I’ve always wanted to be a serious actor.”
Dave also revealed how he changed people’s perception of him after playing the role of Sapper Morton in the 2017’s Blade Runner 2049. He said, “The small role I had in Blade Runner 2049, that’s the role that opened up so many doors for me as a performer. It helped strip away my physical appearance and offered me opportunities that relied on my acting.”
Talking about his future plans in his acting career, Dave said that he intends to play “unpredictable” characters in his career. “I don’t want to be labelled, I don’t want to be predictable. I remember going into a very early audition for Guardians, and Sarah Finn, the casting director, said that (actor) Lee Pace could do anything.”
“I remember being so blown away by that. It’s a hell of a statement, he can do anything. I knew right then that I wanted her to one day be able to say, ‘Dave Bautista, he can do anything.’ I want to be that actor, with a range that’s endless,” the Blade Runner actor concluded.