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Prior to becoming an actor Dave Bautista was a professional wrestler with WWE. He made the transition to acting in 2006, but it wasn’t until he appeared as Drax the destroyer and guardian of the galaxy that he gained worldwide recognition. He has since appeared in four different MCU films with guardians of the galaxy vol 3 still to come outside of the MCU. He has appeared in films like Spectreblade runner 2049, Stuber, and my spy, he is an incredibly funny actor who really brings a lot of laughs when he is given the opportunity to showcase a wide range of skills so far in his career.
10 Facts You Might Not Know About Wrestler Turned Star Dave Bautista
1 He Used To Be A Break Dancer
Though it might seem strange to think it has given the actor’s crazy rip six feet six inches 280-ish pound frame. Dave Bautista wasn’t particularly into sports growing up, one thing he did have a passion for however was break dancing according to the book Batista unleashed.
He spent much of his youth hanging out in large groups of young guys trying out his latest moves growing up in Washington dc around the height of the break dancing craze in the 1980s. Dave Bautista recalls how he and his friends would travel into the heart of the capital where he and his friends would hang out into the early hours through his subsequent career in wrestling rarely called for these kinds of skills. Dave Bautista did get to try them out in one promo for the WWE ahead of the annual Summer slam pay-per-view.
2 He Was A Nightclub Bouncer
At the age of 17, Dave Bautista was living on his own and found himself working as a nightclub bouncer, he was later fired from his job after being arrest for a fight that left two patrons injured one of them being unconscious, he was sentenced to one year of probation although it may be hard to picture, Bautista also worked summers as a lifeguard for his local pool parents and even children would come to the pool just to see the unbelievable build that was dave Bautista it was during his lifeguarding days that he began bodybuilding seriously and has said repeatedly that it saved his life
3 He Began Wrestling At The Age of 31
In his late 20s Dave Bautista couldn’t afford Christmas presents for his two daughters, he had no choice but to go and ask his boss to advance him some money to get them both gifts and it was then he knew he couldn’t live check to check any longer he said
“I kind of got wrapped up in that life that just led to nowhere. When I kind of reflected and thought, what could I do with myself? I don’t have an education.”
“I don’t really have any training or job training but I have this great big huge body and I thought I’ll be a professional wrestler, and on my first go at that, I failed miserably.”
He made his debut with Ohio valley wrestling in 2000 and was promoted to the main roster just two years later even at such a late start. Dave Bautista was able to showcase his talents to the WWE universe winning the WWE title six times and tag team champion four times.
4 Acting Career
After first gaining notoriety as a professional wrestler in the WWE. Dave Bautista kicked off his movie career with an uncredited cameo as a wrestler in the comedy relative strangers after that modest on-screen debut, he went on to develop his chops as an action hero appearing in low-budget movies with titles like the house of the rising sun and an with the iron fists then in 2014.
He received his big break when he landed the role of Drax the destroyer in James Gunn’s Guardians of the galaxy a party would reprise and guardians of the galaxy vol2 and a pair of avengers films after breaking through his Drax, Dave Bautista expanded his resume with appearances in movies like specter and blade runner 2049 as well as starring roles in comedic action vehicles like Stuber and my spite next up for Dave Bautista is a role in Zach Snyder’s highly anticipated zombie film army of the dead.
5 He Hired An Acting Coach
After Dwayne johnson, Dave Bautista is one of the most successful wrestlers to transition over to the world of acting critics, and audiences alike were delighted by his portrayal of Drax the destroyer calling him one of the most memorable parts of the film.
He has worked hard for his success however as it turns out, he admitted that he wasn’t the greatest when he first started action realizing that his acting chops were not up to par. He hired an acting coach whom he consults with to this day, he also learned on the job getting tips from actors such as Billy Zane and Dominic Purcell
6 He Cried When He Got The Role of Drax
During a stop in Singapore with the guardians of the galaxy, press tour, Dave Bautista admitted that he broke down in tears when he learned, he had landed the role of superhero Drax the destroyer in guardians of the galaxy. He said
“I was on the way to the gym and my manager called me, and he said, hold on for a second, and he wouldn’t tell me until he got my agent on the phone, and he said, congratulations, Mr. Drax, and I literally just broke down. I drove home, I was just a mess.”
“It was a big deal to me and I can never explain to people how big this was for me. It was an alife-changing thing for me.”
“It was hard for me to leave behind wrestling but I worked and struggled and worked and struggled and auditioned and auditioned and finally got the dream role of a lifetime.”
7 He Has An Unusual Hobby
During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel live back in2015bautista revealed that he has a rather unique hobby collecting vintage steel lunch boxes. He has over 150 steel lunchboxes featuring familiar comic book heroes like Superman and the green hornet, he ranks an unused vintage Beatles lunchbox as the most valuable in his collection estimating its value at around six thousand dollars, while his personal favorite features the man of steel himself when filming finished on specter.
The actor gave director sam Mendes a rare and valuable original James bond lunchbox as a gift Mendez told the WWE star that the lunchbox now has pride of place next to his academy award, not one to allow his epic collection tobe short-changed Bautista’s subsequently spent the next few months finding the very same bond lunchbox to replace the one he gave away from his collection
8 He once offered To Play A Zombie For Free on The Walking Dead
Dave Bautista revealed that he was once so eager to appear on AMC’s long-running zombie drama the walking dead, he even offered to work on the show for free, but was turned down, because of his pro wrestler physique. He told Empire magazine
“I tried to get on walking dead for years. I said I would come and play a zombie for free, but they said, you’re too big.”
9 He Turned Down The Role In The Suicide Squad
The suicide squad is bursting with big-name stars like Idris Elba and John Cena and evidently, Bautista could have been one of them but he turned down a role so he could star in zack Snyder’s army of the dead. He told EW
I said I wasn’t interested. I had this chip on my shoulder and was looking for juicy dramatic roles, then I read the script and it was a lot deeper and had more layers than I thought, and also to be quite frank I wanted to work with Zach.”
10 He Demanded The Role of Bane In Batman
Marvel fans know Dave Bautista as Drax the destroyer, but it looks like, he’d like to get his feet wet over in the disease too in a 2021 chat with justice khan. Dave Bautista said he’s dead set on taking on the role of one of batman’s adversaries
I want to play bain, so bad, I went to warner brothers had an appointment with them had an appointment with DC walked in the door, and said I want to play bane, I’m not kidding they were a little like whoa, we’re not even casting bane. I was like I don’t care I’m playing him there were talks that Bautista’s dream to play bane could happen in matt reeves. The batman set to be released on March 4, 2022, will have actor Robert Pattinson Starring as the titular superhero, but Bautista shot those rumors down on Twitter.
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