Guardians of The Galaxy franchise director James Gunn recently took to Twitter for a Q and A session, and was asked about the acting abilities of Dave Bautista.
One question in particular was from Chicago artist Chance the Rapper regarding Dave Bautista, asking why he thinks Bautista’s acting is so good, which drew quite the answer from James.
Is there a specific reason why Dave Bautista is such a good actor? Did he act before WWE?
— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) January 3, 2021
In a series of tweet responses to Chance, James (who is also working with another wrestler John Cena in his upcoming directorial The Suicide Squad) reveals why he thinks Dave Bautista is quite the standout talent from other wrestlers turned actors.
Bc @DaveBautista takes the craft seriously. He’s grounded in real emotion & not showy. The difference between Dave & many wrestler-actors is when you look in his eyes on set he’s in the place he’s supposed to be, not thinking about what he’s going to do next.
James discusses that one of the biggest challenges he has with actors who also pursue other arts (such as wrestling or comedy) is their inability to stop juggling those responsibilities.
One of the things I deal with a lot with actors who have been a part of other performing arts (ie wrestling or comedy) is to get them to STOP JUGGLING and JUST BE. It’s not your job to entertain us – it’s simply your job to be present to the moment in front of you
One standout attribute James saw in Dave was his rawness. “It set him apart from the first moment I met him” he said. Interestingly, James would then go on to explain one of the things he hates to see in actors.
I hate falseness in an actor’s eyes. There are many big time movie stars who hurt movies for me because I can see the lying in their eyes – replacing acting with boasting, or thinking about themselves & what they’re going to do next,
The praise was also picked up by the former WWE Heavyweight Champion himself who appreciated the acknowledgement, opening up himself about his love for acting and respect for his director & friend James.
I dont usually share posts in praise of myself because I don’t like feeling like Im kissing my own ass but this is a respect factor that I’ve relentlessly worked for. And it’s from a director/friend I deeply respect and admire. I love the craft of acting.Thank you @JamesGunn 🙏🏼❤️ https://t.co/EybkTW6paw
— Vice President Drax (@DaveBautista) January 3, 2021
From The Rock to Jesse Ventura, The Miz to Stone Cold Steve Austin, there have been many wrestlers who have took to acting. James Gunn believes that Dave Bautista stands out from the crowd because of his rawness, his ability to take the craft seriously and by being grounded with his emotions.
The latest instalment of the critically acclaimed Guardians of the Galaxy franchise is set for theatrical release in 2023 following an array of pushbacks and recasts.