‘I FOUGHT HARD NOT TO GET TYPE­CAST’

Dave Bautista is de­ter­mined to show his range as an ac­tor, doesn’t want to be looked at as just a mus­cle­head

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Entertainment -

Amer­i­can pro­fes­sional wrestler-turned-ac­tor Dave Bautista (right) thinks he is a “mis­fit in life”, but doesn’t want to be a mis­fit in Hol­ly­wood. He says he’s fight­ing hard not to get type­cast as a mus­cle­head, and show his range as an artist.

Bautista, who be­lieves that be­ing part of film fran­chise, Guardians of the Galaxy, has opened many doors for him, says: “You’ll see me in a whole dif­fer­ent light in the next few years. They are ac­tual ac­tor roles (that he is work­ing on)... That is some of the stuff that I fought re­ally hard for.” He plays the role of Drax, known for his mus­cu­lar physique, but says that his char­ac­ter also has an emo­tional side.

Elab­o­rat­ing on his fu­ture work as­sign­ments, Bautista adds: “I have worked a lot in the last few years ac­tu­ally. It has not been re­leased yet and this year also I will con­tinue (with the work). I’m proud of the role I play in Blade Run­ner 2049 (se­quel of Blade Run­ner). I’m proud of be­ing a part of the project with such bril­liant ac­tors. I’ll also be do­ing Ho­tel Artemis (near-fu­ture thriller) star­ring Jodie Fos­ter.

Back to dis­cussing Guardians... that also stars Chris Pratt and Zoe Sal­dana, and Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper as voice tal­ent, Bautista says that he has a mem­ory of direc­tor James Gunn say­ing that he chose all of them for spe­cific rea­sons.

“I think it was be­cause in our own way, we’re all mis­fits and (Gunn knew) we’d meet the need of the char­ac­ters,” says the 48-year-old. Be­fore pur­su­ing his act­ing dream, Bautista made a name for him­self in the world of body­build­ing and wrestling. He has won WWE World Heavy­weight Cham­pi­onship four times and WWE Cham­pi­onship twice. He walked into Hol­ly­wood with small role in 2006 film Rel­a­tive Strangers, and went on to do TV se­ries Smal­lville and Chuck. Bautista also joined the James Bond film fran­chise as a vil­lain in 2010 with Spec­tre.

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