Ever since Dave Bautista's brooding turn in Blade Runner 2049 and, to a lesser extent, the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, he's shown that he's got rather more range than your average wrestler turned movie star.
But he's not going to be joining the musclebound Fast & Furious franchise any time soon, like his former wrestling chum John Cena.
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When a fan on Twitter suggested hook up with Vin Diesel, with Baustista as the villain, he unleashed a devastating burn.
Dropping in a couple of vomiting emojis, he said: “Thank you for your consideration. #Idratherdogoodfilms.”
— Dave Bautista (@DaveBautista) June 29, 2019
Dave, that’s brutal.
When another fan dropped in that he'd appeared in the less than glowing Escape Plan 2, he replied: “Genius! Big Dave didnt state that he’s never done a bad film. But I did them for particular reasons that helped build an 'acting' career. And I got to work with Sly so in your face with that! You’re dismissed!”
Genius! Big Dave didnt state that he’s never done a bad film. But I did them for particular reasons that helped build an “acting” career. And I got to work with Sly so in your face with that! You’re dismissed! https://t.co/edz550V0HF
— Dave Bautista (@DaveBautista) June 30, 2019
Indeed, Bautista has some ropey work on his CV (anyone for The Scorpion King 3? No? Anyone?), and his forthcoming appearance in the straight-to-DVD Escape Plan 3 likely won't be a career highlight.
But he's currently filming Denis Villeneuve's remake of Dune, with Oscar Isaac, Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya and Josh Brolin, so there's that, not to mention reprising the wonderfully humourless Drax The Destroyer in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
Dune is due out in November 2020, with Guardians currently without a release date as yet.