Dave Bautista doesn’t think Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is a talented actor.
Dwayne Johnson and Dave Bautista are arguably the two most successful professional wrestlers to ever become actors, but the two have had very different levels of success in Hollywood. While The Rock has become an A-List actor with dreams of possibly running for president, Bautista has gone for smaller and supporting roles. Bautista says he prefers the success he had, claiming he has no interest in being a significant franchise movie star, as Bautista argues becoming a better actor by doing things his way. An accomplishment he believes he does not share with Johnson.
“Rock was, in a way, a movie star before he was even a movie star. There is something about him that’s really special. I’d never take that away from him. Would I consider him a great actor? F— no,” Bautista explains.
It’s clear Dwayne Johnson is special. He became an A-lister and the go-to actor for action movies.
Dave Bautista tells Tampa Bay Times one should not confuse being a massive star with being a great actor. Bautista points out that in his brief time in Hollywood, he has worked with great directors like Denis Villeneuve in “Blade Runner 2049” and Sam Mendes in Spectre. He has worked with Oscar winners like Jodie Foster in “Hotel Artemis.” Bautista things the path to success is learning the craft and becoming a great actor and not a huge star. He explains he wants “that respect and credibility and education.”
That said, Bautista does respect’s Dwayne Johnson’s entrepreneurial spirit. The Rock’s Seven Bucks Productions has allowed him to produce most of the movies he has starred in. Bautista is also interested in shifting behind the camera, to directing and possibly produce.