“It means everything”: Dave Bautista Can Finally Shut Down His Haters After Denis Villeneuve’s High Praise That Was Long Time Coming

Denis Villeneuve comes to the rescue of Dave Bautista, after the star is called out for not being a good enough actor.

“It means everything”: Dave Bautista Can Finally Shut Down His Haters After Denis Villeneuve’s High Praise That Was Long Time Coming


  • Dave Bautista might have been a wrestler before but his time in Hollywood has proven he was born to be an actor.
  • Despite getting famous through his Marvel role, its has been Bautista's persistent efforts to get better which have made him so famous today.
  • While the actor is still criticized today, Devis Villeneuve's praise for the actor will shut all his haters and critics down.
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Dave Bautista, like many before him, comes from the wrestlers turned actors fraternity. Yet for many of his fans, it is hard to him in that box. True that he used to be a wrestler but when it comes to his current profession, it is hard to believe he made such a huge drastic change seeing how natural and prolific of a performer he truly is.

Dave Bautista
Dave Bautista (image via Flickr)

Even though it was his role of Dax the Destroyer that put him in the spotlight and made him one of the most sought-after actors in Hollywood, it was purely his talent that has made him come so far. While haters and critics sometimes state his success is because of his Manager, the recent praise from Hollywood legend, Denis Villeneuve proves Bautista truly is an incredible actor.

Haters Will Shut Up After Hearing Denis Villeneuve’s Praise For Dave Bautista

Dave Bautista as Glossu Rabban of House Harkonnen
Dave Bautista as Glossu Rabban of House Harkonnen in Dune

Dave Bautista might have been a professional wrestler before but he sure is a terrific actor today. In the long list of Hollywood’s wrestler-turned-actors, Bautista has been considered by many as the best actor of them all. And it is a fact that even his Glass Onion direction, Rian Johnson agrees with (see The Atlantic).


Despite it all, there have been times when haters have been brutal to him, calling him out for being a terrible actor (see Reddit and Sherdog Forum). However, while talking to Gizmodo recently, the actor himself revealed the praise he received from his Dune director, Denis Villeneuve and it is bound to shut all of his haters down.

“I’ve never had a director until Denis, since Denis, say to me that you’re a very strong actor. And he said this to me on the first film. I was holding back because I was self-conscious [and] I was. I was very unsure of myself. And he came to me. He said, ‘I feel like you’re holding back. You’re a very strong actor, my friend. Just follow your instincts’… that was an experience I’ve never had before or since, with a director of that caliber. So it means everything. It’s validation.”

Listening to the high praise and Bautista’s heartwarming reaction to it, fans of his were certainly elated and many of them stated that the validation and praise were long due.

Fans React To Denis Villeneuve’s High Praise For Dave Bautista

Dave Bautista's Drax
Dave Bautista as Drax in the MCU

Once a totally broke guy, Dave Bautista has made it so far only because of his talent and pure hard work. Not wanting to be the next Rock or even a superstar, Bautista has been constantly putting in a lot of effort and work into becoming a better actor, which to him is bigger than any accolade (via GQ).


And to have such an extraordinary director and filmmaker praise him when Bautista was doubting himself the most elated the fans and many of them had some gratifying and touching reactions to it.



While there still might be people who would think that the Guardians of the Galaxy star is not a good actor, Villeneuve’s words alone are strong enough to shut them off. And the encouraging praise from many of the former wrestler’s fans further proves Bautista deserves to be where he is now and even more.

Bautista will be next seen in Dune: Part Two, releasing on March 1, 2024.


Written by Maria Sultan

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