Right now I’m watching RZA’s The Man with the Iron Fists and up pops Dave Bautista, as the character called “Brass Body.” This movie itself is a fairly challenging movie to watch, but I am trying hard to watch it.
But I digress, seeing Bautista in the film, starring alongside Lucy Lui and Russell Crowe got me to thinking about Bautista.
Bautista brings a fascinating presence to the movies he is in and it is not a bad presence. In fact his just showing up in “Fists” made it feel a notch better than it was a few moments previous, this, even despite the zaniness of his character.
But where did this suave and big muscled guy come from?
Bautista has a mixed martial arts background and got his start in entertainment in the WCW and WWE “wrestling” franchises back in 2002. We’ve seen a few actors spawn from the world of TV wrestling. Most don’t amount to much while others branch out and make something big of themselves. Bautista, I believe, is on his way to making something else of himself in the world of movie entertainment.
He exited the world of wrestling in 2010 (but returned a couple of years later) but had started a budding acting career prior to that, having appeared in shows like Smallville (2006), My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done (2009) and Chuck in 2010.
After his exit from wrestling, he has been in House of the Rising Sun, the above mentioned Man with the Iron Fists, Riddick, and Guardians of the Galaxy as Drax. At the time of this piece, his upcoming movies include L.A. Slasher, Bus 657, Kickboxer: Vengeance (presently filming) and Spectre, which is also now filming.
Every time I encounter Bautista in a movie I have enjoyed his characters. With each character I see him deliver, they always seem just different enough to be unique from his other characters.
In “Fist,” he’s a driven man made of brass. (I haven’t finished watching yet) In Riddick he plays a smart and cagey mercenary and in Guardians of the Galaxy he plays an alien with a unique mindset. In each case, something slightly new or different. We sometimes don’t even see that in popular action hero actors. Sometimes they deliver the same guy in different settings.
If Bautista has a good agent, and maybe landing a role in a Marvel movie might say he does, I think he has a great film future ahead of him and I look forward to any future movie he will be in.
If any Dave Bautista fans are reading this, do you have high hopes for his future film career?