Very few professional wrestlers have managed to successfully crossover from a squared circle to the bright lights of Hollywood and when you think about the exclusive roster, names like Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, John Cena, and Dave Bautista come to mind. Now, the real question is, which among them has had the better acting career so far?
Well, if you'd ask Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery director Rian Johnson himself, there's only one obvious answer and it's none other than Bautista whose acting career began when he left WWE in 2010 after a stellar run as one of the company's top superstars.
Speaking with The Atlantic, the Star Wars: The Last Jedi director explained why Bautista is a cut above the rest and even agreed when the interviewer proclaimed him as "lowkey the greatest wrestler-turned-actor ever". Johnson said: "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."
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If you'd look at it from a certain perspective, Bautista certainly has the edge over his contemporaries simply because he doesn't allow himself to be a franchise kind of guy. And what I mean by that is Dave is pretty much open to any type of role offered to him as long as it gets to showcase just how great his acting chops truly are.
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery is available to stream on Netflix.