After huge roles in Spectre and Guardians of the Galaxy, and playing the fearsome lead bad guy in KICKBOXER: VENGEANCE, Dave Bautista is on his way to being the next Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Here are 10 good reasons why Bautista is not only about to take over action cinema, but he’s gonna pulverise anyone who dares get in his way…
1. HE CAN REALLY ACT
Unlike a lot of so-called action stars, lunkheads who have cracked one too many breeze block with their forehead, Bautista has got real acting chops. Check out this screen test from the box office smash Guardians of the Galaxy, where Bautista holds his own against the brilliant Chris Pratt. What do expect -Bautista studied Shakespeare.
2. HE MAKES A GREAT VILLAIN
You don’t have to look any further than his diabolically nasty role as the dark and dangerous Tong Po in KICKBOXER: VENGEANCE to see that Bautista can do ‘evil’ worryingly well.
3. … AND A FANTASTIC GOOD GUY
Having said that, he was one of the good guys in the brilliant sci-fi blockbuster, Guardians of the Galaxy, one of last year’s biggest films. As Drax, criminal turned Guardian, Bautista even got himself immortalised in a toy figure from the film.
4. HE’S BIG
At over 6 ft 4 inches, he is a good five inches taller than Fast & Furious star Vin Deisel. Which, in effect, makes him a bigger action movie star, doesn’t it?
5. HE’S HANDSOME
Aside from his physique, Bautista is blessed with film star looks. It’s not just action film stars that should be worried – Hollywood hunks in general should be mighty worried.
6. THE FANS LOVE HIM
He’s known as one of the nicest guys in the business, and the fans love him for it. Since his wrestling days through to his Hollywood stardom, he’s happy to stop, sign and autograph or have a selfie taken… As the man himself says: “I’m not a big guy. I’m not a menacing guy. I’m not an intimidating guy.” And, as this fan finds out, he doesn’t mind a bit of ribbing!
7. HE HATES BULLIES
“There’s nothing bullyish about me, you know. If there’s anybody who’s anti-bully, it’s me.” Is there anyone else you’d rather have on your team?
8. HE’S ALREADY A CINEMA LEGEND
Going toe to toe with Bond on a train basically makes you a cinema immortal. When Roger Moore’s James Bond fought Tee Hee (Julius Harris) on a train in Live and Let Die, Harris became ingrained on the cinemagoers mind as one of the great villains. Watch this clip from Spectre to see Bautista do the same.
9. HE’S MIGHTY AT THE BOX OFFICE
Two of the films Bautista starred in – Spectre and Guardians of the Galaxy – grossed between them over an astonishing $1.5 billion! You do the maths…
10. HE’S GOT STAYING POWER
Bautista has got more projects lined up than Dwayne Johnson has had fruit smoothies. Thanks to the success of Guardians and Spectre, producers have been beating a path to Bautista’s door and he’ll soon be seen in the new Bladerunner sequel, Luc Besson action flick Warrior’s Gate, Final Score, as well as Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and the next Avengers film.
Kickboxer: Vengeance is available now on video on demand and in select cinemas from Kaleidoscope Entertainment.
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