‘The Animal’ Batista has revealed he was turned down by popular post-apocalyptic television phenomenon The Walking Dead for being too big.
Currently on its tenth season on AMC, The Walking Dead has seen a host of cast changes over the past decade as its survivors of a zombie apocalypse attempt to navigate both the dangers of the living and the dead. The most starling of these alterations was the departure of its lead actor Andrew Lincoln who portrayed the uber-popular Rick Grimes.
However, according to former WWE Champion Batista he could have been one of the many changes to the cast when he pitched to the producers that he would appear as a member of the zombie forces for free.
Joining Empire Magazine ahead of his own post-apocalyptic feature film, Army of the Undead, the master of the Batista Bomb told the story of how and why he was rejected for the part for simply being too physically large:
“I’m a zombie fan. 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!’”
Army of the Undead, which is being produced by movie giant and Justice League director Zack Snyder, will see Batista portray Scott Ward the leader of a mercenary faction who drop into a zombie infested Las Vegas in order to pull off a heist. The movie is due to premier exclusively on Netflix in the summer of 2021 among the actor’s other projects:
“For me, there had to be something special about a zombie film for me to sign up. What sets us apart is the heist. But there’s a whole bunch of different layers to this film.”
Best known in the movie world for play Drax The Destroyer in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers movies – a role he will return to for Thor: love and Thunder in 2022 – Dave Bautista will next be seen in the theatrical remake of Dune, portray Fezzik in the television adaptation of The Princess Bride and season two of Apple TV+ series, See.
Credit for the interview: Empire Magazine
h/t for the transcription: Wrestling Inc.