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2019-02-26 04:32:42 AM  
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2019-02-26 05:52:04 AM  
Hey, don't knock it. It's incredibly difficult to master the ability of standing so incredibly still that he becomes invisible to the eye.
 
2019-02-26 07:23:58 AM  
The man does have some range as an actor. Not every character he plays is just "Dave Bautista does X". His character in Blade Runner 2049 is nothing like Drax, for example. Much as I like the Rock, he's always more or less the same, even in his rare comedic roles rather than action hero roles. I haven't seen enough John Cena to be sure the same is true, but I suspect as much. So Bautista's maybe exaggerating, but I see his point.
 
2019-02-26 07:25:15 AM  
My initial reaction is to agree with him
 
2019-02-26 07:35:27 AM  
I find all three of them to have a knack for comedy, kinda like Ah-nold back in the day.
 
2019-02-26 07:35:30 AM  

KiltedBastich: The man does have some range as an actor. Not every character he plays is just "Dave Bautista does X". His character in Blade Runner 2049 is nothing like Drax, for example. Much as I like the Rock, he's always more or less the same, even in his rare comedic roles rather than action hero roles. I haven't seen enough John Cena to be sure the same is true, but I suspect as much. So Bautista's maybe exaggerating, but I see his point.


This. He's shown a lot more dynamic range than the Rock or Cena (and yes, Cena basically just plays himself in films). He's also shown an impressive grasp of subtle acting; his performance in Spectre, for example.
 
2019-02-26 07:41:30 AM  

KiltedBastich: The man does have some range as an actor. Not every character he plays is just "Dave Bautista does X". His character in Blade Runner 2049 is nothing like Drax, for example. Much as I like the Rock, he's always more or less the same, even in his rare comedic roles rather than action hero roles. I haven't seen enough John Cena to be sure the same is true, but I suspect as much. So Bautista's maybe exaggerating, but I see his point.


This.  I also believe Bautista is more serious about improving himself as an actor than the Rock.
 
2019-02-26 07:43:37 AM  
He was in some insufferable pile of movie called Marauders with Bruce Willis and was actually the best one in it.

Apparently he's top caliber POS: "Left his second wife Angie while she was suffering from cancer"

I got that from his imdb page.  Why would he want tjat on there?
 
2019-02-26 07:57:23 AM  

KiltedBastich: The man does have some range as an actor. Not every character he plays is just "Dave Bautista does X". His character in Blade Runner 2049 is nothing like Drax, for example. Much as I like the Rock, he's always more or less the same, even in his rare comedic roles rather than action hero roles. I haven't seen enough John Cena to be sure the same is true, but I suspect as much. So Bautista's maybe exaggerating, but I see his point.


I agree with you. "Blade Runner 2049" is the movie that made me realise he's got some chops.
 
2019-02-26 07:57:33 AM  
Aren't all wrestlers actors by definition? I like the Rock. He does what he does well. Thought he was great in Baywatch (don't judge me).
 
2019-02-26 08:03:08 AM  
too bad for him that that reads like one of drax's literalisms
 
2019-02-26 08:03:16 AM  

padraig: KiltedBastich: The man does have some range as an actor. Not every character he plays is just "Dave Bautista does X". His character in Blade Runner 2049 is nothing like Drax, for example. Much as I like the Rock, he's always more or less the same, even in his rare comedic roles rather than action hero roles. I haven't seen enough John Cena to be sure the same is true, but I suspect as much. So Bautista's maybe exaggerating, but I see his point.

I agree with you. "Blade Runner 2049" is the movie that made me realise he's got some chops.


Same here. That film could have ended in the first 15 minutes and I'd have been perfectly heartbroken but happy with it.
 
2019-02-26 08:10:02 AM  
"Marvel's Dave Bautista: Do not compare me to John Cena and the Rock. 'I'm an actor'"

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2019-02-26 08:10:28 AM  

Swiss Colony: Aren't all wrestlers actors by definition? I like the Rock. He does what he does well. Thought he was great in Baywatch (don't judge me).


No judging. That movie was a hoot.
 
2019-02-26 08:18:30 AM  

Pazuzu Smith-Jones: Swiss Colony: Aren't all wrestlers actors by definition? I like the Rock. He does what he does well. Thought he was great in Baywatch (don't judge me).

No judging. That movie was a hoot.


Please, there was only one reason to watch that movie
 
2019-02-26 08:18:46 AM  
He's done some fairly straight up roles, Blade Runner being one of them. If he hadn't gone into rasslin' he might have been an iconic character actor. Maybe not as great as Brad Pitt was destined to be--because if Brad Pitt hadn't had that jawline he would have been a brilliant character actor--but he does some good work. In much the same way as Vin Diesel does some great work when he's NOT doing action flicks. Then again, Bautista DOES correctly identify his rasslin' as acting...
 
2019-02-26 08:19:09 AM  

Crewmannumber6: He was in some insufferable pile of movie called Marauders with Bruce Willis and was actually the best one in it.

Apparently he's top caliber POS: "Left his second wife Angie while she was suffering from cancer"

I got that from his imdb page.  Why would he want tjat on there?


you mean like gingrich?
 
2019-02-26 08:20:11 AM  

jackandwater: Crewmannumber6: He was in some insufferable pile of movie called Marauders with Bruce Willis and was actually the best one in it.

Apparently he's top caliber POS: "Left his second wife Angie while she was suffering from cancer"

I got that from his imdb page.  Why would he want tjat on there?

you mean like gingrich?


If you want
 
2019-02-26 08:20:22 AM  
I really want to see Dave Bautista and the Rock in a remake of one of those old Hope/Crosby Road pictures.  I have a feeling they'd play well off of each other.
 
2019-02-26 08:21:08 AM  
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2019-02-26 08:21:27 AM  

Crewmannumber6: jackandwater: Crewmannumber6: He was in some insufferable pile of movie called Marauders with Bruce Willis and was actually the best one in it.

Apparently he's top caliber POS: "Left his second wife Angie while she was suffering from cancer"

I got that from his imdb page.  Why would he want tjat on there?

you mean like gingrich?

If you want


ok, i will accept that.
 
2019-02-26 08:32:45 AM  

Swiss Colony: Aren't all wrestlers actors by definition? I like the Rock. He does what he does well. Thought he was great in Baywatch (don't judge me).


The Rock did a credible job in "Jumanji."
 
2019-02-26 08:35:03 AM  

Banacek: Pazuzu Smith-Jones: Swiss Colony: Aren't all wrestlers actors by definition? I like the Rock. He does what he does well. Thought he was great in Baywatch (don't judge me).

No judging. That movie was a hoot.

Please, there was only one reason to watch that movie


Zak Efron? Not really my type.
 
2019-02-26 08:38:56 AM  

Crewmannumber6: My initial reaction is to agree with him


He showed up at RAW last night.

I strongly disagree with him.
 
2019-02-26 08:39:20 AM  

Swiss Colony: Aren't all wrestlers actors by definition? I like the Rock. He does what he does well. Thought he was great in Baywatch (don't judge me).


Baywatch knew it was ridiculous, and ran with it (in slow motion). That's what made it way more fun and watchable than it had any right to be.

Plus, Alexandra Daddario.
 
2019-02-26 08:42:31 AM  
i wanted to hate the new Blade Runner so much
but then i liked it
a lot.

/damn
 
2019-02-26 08:43:26 AM  

IlGreven: Crewmannumber6: My initial reaction is to agree with him

He showed up at RAW last night.

I strongly disagree with him.


The article mentions its to retire his character in a more fitting and appropriate way.

Honestly I saw the headline and was like who does he think he is but after reading the very long article I kind of agree with him.  The comment is also slightly misleading, he doesn't disparage Dwayne Johnson.
 
2019-02-26 08:50:28 AM  

Banacek: Pazuzu Smith-Jones: Swiss Colony: Aren't all wrestlers actors by definition? I like the Rock. He does what he does well. Thought he was great in Baywatch (don't judge me).

No judging. That movie was a hoot.

Please, there was only one reason to watch that movie


Looks like two reasons to me.
 
2019-02-26 08:53:34 AM  
I think Dwayne Johnson has more range than he gets credit for.

I also think he follows the Eastwood/Cushing school of taking roles his fans like.
 
2019-02-26 08:53:52 AM  
He's on my Mt. Rushmore of greatest male actors of all time, along with Daniel Day-Lewis, Sir Laurence Olivier and Tom Green.
 
2019-02-26 08:56:31 AM  
I was getting worried.

It was over 12 hours since an article referencing the MCU got greenlit.
 
2019-02-26 08:57:30 AM  
Speaking of wrestling, has anyone seen "Fighting With My Family"?
 
2019-02-26 09:11:55 AM  

give me doughnuts: Swiss Colony: Aren't all wrestlers actors by definition? I like the Rock. He does what he does well. Thought he was great in Baywatch (don't judge me).

The Rock did a credible job in "Jumanji."


I like the Rock in everything he does. He is always fun to watch, and he chews the scenery nicely. He's still always playing the Rock. Jumanji was no exception to this rule.
 
2019-02-26 09:43:53 AM  

Tyrone Slothrop: Speaking of wrestling, has anyone seen "Fighting With My Family"?


Yes.....really good movie. The actress that plays Paige really did a good job. Plus Zelina Vega plays AJ Lee.
 
2019-02-26 09:44:38 AM  
He was fantastic in BR2019. He's also fun to follow on Twitter. I love that he got 143 tattooed on him after watching the Mr. Rogers doc too.
 
2019-02-26 09:58:46 AM  
That's not the first time he has made that ridiculous claim.

And it's just as wrong as every other time he makes it.  Bautista is a mid-level actor of far more limited range than he likes to think, who has just gotten lucky with the roles he has been given.   Yes that Blade Runner scene was well done, no it wasn't why anyone found that film memorable.

Johnson is also only a mid-level actor, but anyone who has watched all his films can see he actually has demonstrated far greater range than Bautista, sure his block busters are pretty copy paste character wise, but that is what makes hundreds of millions of dollars, you wouldn't change that up either.

Claims that Johnson has no range are as stupid as claims that all Samuel L. Jackson can do is play angry man who says Motherfarker a lot.
 
2019-02-26 10:14:57 AM  
He's somewhere between The Rock and John Cena, and I'd say he's way closer to The Rock's end of that spectrum.
 
2019-02-26 10:16:09 AM  

This text is now purple: I think Dwayne Johnson has more range than he gets credit for.

I also think he follows the Eastwood/Cushing school of taking roles his fans like.


Yeah, I watched "Empire State" a couple of weeks ago. He did a pretty good job in that.
 
2019-02-26 10:19:14 AM  
Though he had no lines (other than "Oh shiat" as Bond tossed him out a train door in 'Spectre') he definitely has a presence. That's all I've seen him in so what do I know?
 
2019-02-26 10:36:47 AM  

Banacek: Pazuzu Smith-Jones: Swiss Colony: Aren't all wrestlers actors by definition? I like the Rock. He does what he does well. Thought he was great in Baywatch (don't judge me).

No judging. That movie was a hoot.

Please, there was only one reason to watch that movie


Two.
 
2019-02-26 10:36:53 AM  

give me doughnuts: Swiss Colony: Aren't all wrestlers actors by definition? I like the Rock. He does what he does well. Thought he was great in Baywatch (don't judge me).

The Rock did a credible job in "Jumanji."


The Rock was his best when he was improving because he's incredibly quick-witted. Acting with a script doesn't really allow those skills to shine.
 
2019-02-26 10:42:21 AM  

Big Beef Burrito: He's somewhere between The Rock and John Cena, and I'd say he's way closer to The Rock's end of that spectrum.


I'd say Cena is a better actor than Bautista. Cena's performance in Blockers changed my opinion of him. Dude kept up the whole movie with 2 very experienced comic actors and even made you forget about his size and build, blending into just an overzealous dopey parent.
 
2019-02-26 10:43:45 AM  
I just watched Hotel Artemis the other day, so I agree with him.
 
2019-02-26 10:44:46 AM  
Me: sat down and watched Hotel Artemis hoping he would deliver an outstanding performance.
Narrator: He didn't.
Me: "Jody Foster did a wonderful Woody Allen impersonation though..."
 
2019-02-26 10:44:57 AM  

Greymalkin: That's not the first time he has made that ridiculous claim.

And it's just as wrong as every other time he makes it.  Bautista is a mid-level actor of far more limited range than he likes to think, who has just gotten lucky with the roles he has been given.   Yes that Blade Runner scene was well done, no it wasn't why anyone found that film memorable.

Johnson is also only a mid-level actor, but anyone who has watched all his films can see he actually has demonstrated far greater range than Bautista, sure his block busters are pretty copy paste character wise, but that is what makes hundreds of millions of dollars, you wouldn't change that up either.

Claims that Johnson has no range are as stupid as claims that all Samuel L. Jackson can do is play angry man who says Motherfarker a lot.


Sorry, I just don't see it.  I've seen about a dozen of his movies, and Johnson plays some version of the same character every time.  The only switch is whether he brings comedy or not.  You're always looking at The Rock, hearing The Rock, and keenly aware that this is a showman.  It's fun, but it's not acting.

Now, I won't say that Bautista is an amazing actor, but he has demonstrated a tiny bit of range, and ability to melt into a character.  His physicality can be molded to different character archetypes, and he shows an emotional range greater than a gym teacher.  His voice changes modes, and you might have a moment's pause as to who you're watching.  He does things with characters.  Johnson doesn't.
 
2019-02-26 10:56:51 AM  

Pop and Miracle Whip: Me: "Jody Foster did a wonderful Woody Allen impersonation though..."


She made ill-advised sexual jokes about a girl 1/4th her age?
 
2019-02-26 10:57:37 AM  

stoli n coke: Big Beef Burrito: He's somewhere between The Rock and John Cena, and I'd say he's way closer to The Rock's end of that spectrum.

I'd say Cena is a better actor than Bautista. Cena's performance in Blockers changed my opinion of him. Dude kept up the whole movie with 2 very experienced comic actors and even made you forget about his size and build, blending into just an overzealous dopey parent.


I'll take your word for it that he's gotten better since The Marine.
 
2019-02-26 10:58:37 AM  

Khellendros: I've seen about a dozen of his movies, and Johnson plays some version of the same character every time.  The only switch is whether he brings comedy or not.  You're always looking at The Rock, hearing The Rock, and keenly aware that this is a showman.  It's fun, but it's not acting.


Very few actors really disappear into their roles. Most are obviously them in some situation.

Jimmy Stewart was nominated for 5 Oscars without ever not being Jimmy Stewart.
 
2019-02-26 11:10:25 AM  

Big Beef Burrito: stoli n coke: Big Beef Burrito: He's somewhere between The Rock and John Cena, and I'd say he's way closer to The Rock's end of that spectrum.

I'd say Cena is a better actor than Bautista. Cena's performance in Blockers changed my opinion of him. Dude kept up the whole movie with 2 very experienced comic actors and even made you forget about his size and build, blending into just an overzealous dopey parent.

I'll take your word for it that he's gotten better since The Marine.


He's better with comedies than action flicks, IMO.
 
2019-02-26 11:14:36 AM  
His return on Monday Night Raw last night was dope.
 
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