After taking the world of WWE by storm as Batista and becoming a multi-time World Champion, Dave Bautista turned his attention to the world of acting, appearing opposite Daniel Craig’s James Bond in Spectre as well as starring as Drax the Destroyer in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.
Bautista recently reunited with Daniel Craig to star as men’s rights activist and streaming influencer Duke Cody in Rian Johnson’s Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery. The director told The Atlantic that the former WWE Champion was the most surprising part of the film for him as he originally pictured Duke Cody’s character being entirely different.
“Dave Bautista. When I was writing [his character, a men’s-rights streamer named Duke Cody], I was picturing a scrawny dude who’s trying to overcompensate. When Bautista was brought up, I was instantly so smitten by the idea. I’ve been a very big fan of his dramatic chops as an actor.”
In fact, Rian Johnson said he believes Bautista to be the best wrestler-turned-actor ever, surpassing the likes of John Cena and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. He continued:
“I absolutely 100 percent agree. And I think somebody like [Paul Thomas Anderson] is going to give him a real part and is gonna look like a genius. As a person, Bautista is genuinely, immediately vulnerable when you meet him, and that’s what I was excited about. This is someone who has the physical trappings of someone who would play it big, but he actually brings sensitivity to the role.”
How Often Does Dave Bautista Need To Eat?
As Rian Johnson mentioned in his interview, Dave Bautista is well known for his incredibly physique, which takes a great deal of caloric intake to maintain. Speaking to Men’s Health, Bautista revealed that he has it written into his contract that he must be able to eat at least every four hours, but notes that he sometimes needs to take snack breaks in between as well.
“It’s actually in my contract that I have to eat no less than every four hours. And then in between those meals, if I get hungry I typically do like an almond butter and banana, or a vegan gluten-free grilled cheese is my favorite go-to.”
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Dave Bautista’s latest film, the M. Night Shyamalan-helmed Knock at the Cabin, premieres on February 3rd.
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