Dave Bautista is definitely one of Hollywood's most sought-after stars right now and it can't be denied that he's currently having the run of his career these days. Fresh off filming his cameo in Thor: Love and Thunder, Bautista is gearing up for James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 but arguably his biggest project to date is coming this year as he headlines Zack Snyder's Army of the Dead over at Netflix.
Apparently, the former multi-time WWE champion was also offered a role in The Suicide Squad which is also helmed by his good friend James Gunn but he ultimately turned down the role and accepted Army of the Dead and he has a few good reasons for doing so.
In an interview with Digital Spy, Bautista reveals that while he would have loved to star in his first DC film, being in Army of the Dead is like hitting two birds with one stone as he's always dreamt of working with the Justice League director and starring in a Netflix project. He also reveals that money was a major factor in him choosing the zombie-action movie where he'll clearly get paid more for his lead role.
Bautista explains: "I get to build a relationship with Netflix, I get a lead role in a great film — and I get paid a lot more money. I had to call James, and I told him, ‘It breaks my heart because as a friend, I want to be there with you, but professionally, this is the smart decision for me.’ [Gunn] said, ‘I completely get it. I’m proud of you that you’re even in this position. I’m proud that I had something to do with you being in this position where you have to make these hard decisions."
Say what you will about him but the actor is making some pretty wise career decisions and I'm pretty sure Gunn respects that. It's a shame though that Dave didn't end up in The Suicide Squad which would've marked his reunion with fellow professional wrestling megastar John Cena. But you know, you can never say never in the world of superhero franchises and I'm positive Dave will end up getting a spot in the DCEU somewhere down the line.
Army of the Dead hits selects cinemas and Netflix on May 21, 2021.
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