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“I’d never take that away from him”: Dave Bautista Heaps Rare Praise on The Rock Despite Calling Him a Horrible Actor

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Dave Bautista has been quite vocal about the direction he wants for his acting career, further emphasizing that he didn’t want to be remembered as a movie star from WWE but for his acting skills, which can be observed through the variety of roles he has performed throughout his acting career.

Bautista has shared that he doesn’t want to follow in The Rock’s footsteps and create his name as an actor who is capable of different roles. Despite that, the actor clarified that he doesn’t hate the Black Adam actor and praised him.

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Dave Bautista as WWE superstar

Dave Bautista calls The Rock special despite calling him a bad actor

At a time when pro wrestlers were trying to shift in Hollywood and significantly failing including the likes of Hulk Hogan, The Rock managed to break that curse and became one of the biggest movie stars in the industry. Even though Bautista might hate the rock as an actor but he doesn’t hate the person and utterly respects him.

He went on to explain that the Rock has always encapsulated the aura of a movie star even before he was in the movie industry. Bautista’s statement is understandable considering the Rock’s electrifying persona and charm which ruled the attitude era in WWE and became one of the biggest names in wrestling. Dave Bautista went on to state,

“Rock was, in a way, a movie star before he was even a movie star. There is something about him that’s special. I’d never take that away from him, Would I consider him a great actor? F*** no.”

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Dave Bautista as Drax in the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special

Dave Bautista doesn’t want to be compared with The Rock

Even after coming from the same background, Dave Bautista doesn’t want to go in the Black Adam actor’s direction. Dave Bautista emphasized the fact that he doesn’t want to be considered a movie star who is known for a single type of role but a more diverse actor who pursues more dramatic roles.

Even though the Rock has earned his respect over the years, Bautista isn’t wrong when he says the Rock isn’t much of an actor as he has been known for starring as the same guy in big action movies that makes a bunch of money. Whereas Bautista is more inclined towards taking his legacy as more of an accomplished actor by challenging himself with more diverse and difficult roles.

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Marvel Star Dave Bautista Doesn't Want To Be The Next Rock
Dave Bautista Doesn’t Want To Be The Next Rock

As it is clear that Dave Bautista is aiming at more varied roles in different films, which can be seen throughout his career, most notably in movies such as Blade Runner 2049 and the recent Glass Onion: A Knives Out Story.

This year too he will be starring in a variety of films including a psychological thriller Knock at the Cabin, a superhero movie Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and a hard sci-fi Dune: Part Two, in contrast with the Rock, who just releases massive blockbuster action films on a regular.

Source: GQ

Written by Santanu Roy

Santanu Roy is a film enthusiast with a deep love for the medium of animation while also being obsessed with Batman and The Everly Brothers. Apart from pursuing animation and analyzing movies, he possesses a deep fondness for narrative-driven games and is currently a content writer at Fandomwire with over 200 articles.