Dave Bautista’s filmography spans comic books (“Guardians of the Galaxy”), sci-fi tentpoles (“Dune”, “Blade Runner 2049”), action comedies (“Stuber”) and family films (“MySpy”). One genre that’s missing is romantic comedy, but it’s not a deliberate choice. Bautista told Page Six that he’d love to star in a romantic comedy, but he’s never received a single offer to do so. Not one.
“I know I’m not your typical rom-com lead,” Bautista said. “I’m a little rough around the edges. But I, you know, I always look in the mirror and I’m like, I’m like, ‘Am I that unattractive? Is there something so unattractive about me that keeps me out of these games? »
“I don’t know,” added Bautista. “It never occurred to me. I never had an offer to do a romantic comedy. I still have high hopes. I’ll just keep looking.
Bautista then dives into the horror-thriller genre with a key role in M. Night Shyamalan’s “Knock at the Cabin.” The actor plays Leonard, a man plagued by visions that have convinced him that the world is about to end. Later this year, Bautista will return to comic book movies and sci-fi tentpoles with “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” and “Dune Part II.”
The future of Bautista’s career currently doesn’t include any romantic comedies, nor his dream role as Bane in the DC Universe. The actor recently revealed he’s quit trying to play the Batman villain after he told Warner Bros. they should have given him the role a few years ago.
“I had conversations with [new DC Studios boss] James Gunn on that,” Bautista said, “but I think the direction he’s leaning in, completely rebooting this whole universe, he’s starting from scratch and starting younger and fresher and I think you have to do that . I think for the DC universe to be revived, you have to start from scratch, and I think you have to start with younger actors. You have to start planning for the next 15 years, and I don’t think you can do that with me. And I understand that.
Added Bautista, “I have to say I appreciate that because I don’t want to play a character that I can’t do him justice. I don’t think at this point in my career I can do Bane justice. I just don’t know if I could handle the physical part, and I don’t think I’d have the longevity to plan movies in advance. So, I just don’t know if I would be that guy.
Universal Pictures opens “Knock at the Cabin” in theaters Friday.