Dave Bautista was offered a role in the Fast and Furious franchise but declined it based on career advice he received from a wrestler who is a rival of Dwayne Johnson.
Currently, Dave Bautista is highly regarded as an actor, having completed filming his last installment of the Guardians of the Galaxy series. However, he didn't have the luxury to celebrate the occasion with his fellow cast members as he quickly moved on to his next project.
With his busy schedule and high demand, many people believe that Dave Bautista is the most gifted among the wrestling stars who pursued an acting career.
Rian Johnson, the director of Knives Out, supports this notion and gave Dave Bautista a prominent role in the sequel of his murder mystery film, Glass Onion. Johnson shared that he had a completely different concept of the character Duke before casting Bautista.
Initially envisioning the character as "a thin individual trying to overcompensate," Johnson shared that he was immediately captivated when the idea of casting Bautista was proposed. He praised Bautista's dramatic acting skills and described himself as a huge fan.
Despite his appearances in lucrative franchises, Dave Bautista has turned down the chance to star in the highly profitable Fast and Furious film series.
Although he was offered a role in the Fast and Furious franchise, Bautista declined as it didn't align with his interests. Instead, he expressed his desire to star in a Gears of War adaptation.
Bautista clarified that he didn't intend to offend anyone, but he found the concept of a Gears of War adaptation much more captivating and stimulating than the Fast and Furious franchise.
The star added that he didn't want to feign interest in a project he wasn't enthusiastic about when there was something else he was genuinely excited about and believed the filmmakers had a handle on. He asked if they would consider him for the Gears of War adaptation instead.
Bautista reassured that he didn't see any harm in expressing his genuine interests. He emphasized that he wasn't trying to interfere with anyone else's career opportunities but wanted to convey his enthusiasm for the Gears of War project. He also added that he had confidence in his ability to deliver a great performance if given the opportunity.
Dave Bautista has spoken about receiving guidance from Stone Cold Steve Austin, a wrestler who had a longstanding rivalry with Dwayne Johnson.
The former wrestler shared that Stone Cold Steve Austin cautioned him about the potential offers for subpar scripts that would come his way, warning him not to get caught up in the allure of money. Austin urged Bautista to avoid falling into the trap of accepting roles in mediocre projects.
Bautista recalls that he was selective and discerning when it came to choosing his film roles, even during his post-WWE period when he faced financial difficulties. The guidance he received from Stone Cold Steve Austin proved to be valuable and influenced his decision-making process.
Observing his successful career today, it's evident that Bautista made the right decision by following the advice given to him.