In his career since leaving WWE, Dave Bautista has worked with some of Hollywood’s most notable filmmakers, including James Gunn, Denis Villeneuve and Zack Snyder. In an interview with JoBlo, Bautista was asked what it was like to be directed by Snyder in his new movie, Army of the Dead. While praising Snyder’s collaborative approach to filmmaking, the actor pointed to Guardians of the Universe director James Gunn as someone who is the opposite, and kind of a control freak.
“James would be a lot more, I feel like he’s a lot more involved in the performance. I think. Um, I have a lot more flexibility with Zack. [Snyder]. Um, James is a control freak. Have you all met him? He really is a control freak. “
Over the years James Gunn has received critical acclaim and commercial acclaim for his signature voice in the blockbuster genre, and it’s not surprising to learn that he has a specific vision that actors must adhere to, even if they personally disagree with it. Bautista recalled a time on set with Gunn when the filmmaker asked him to basically forget about acting and do exactly as he was told.
“[With] guys like James Gunn, like I gave this performance one time and he was really upset, not because of the way I performed. He was upset because where my eyes looked. So he told me to pick a spot. I swear to God, pick a spot, focus on it, and don’t move my eyes … With all these [director] guys, they’re just really good at one thing – well, not one thing, because really, I think I’m passionate about certain things, we just draw on it and learn from it. them.”
Obviously, Bautista doesn’t mind working with a control freak, as long as it gets results. For his part, earlier this year, when Chance the Rapper on Twitter wondered how Bautista could act so well, Gunn had replied with a detailed response raving about the former wrestler’s dramatic chops.
Bc @DaveBautista takes the business seriously. He is based on real emotion and not flashy. The difference between Dave and many wrestler actors is that when you look into his eyes on set, he is where he should be. , don’t think about what he’s going to do. One of the things I have a lot to do with actors who have been part of other performing arts (e.g. wrestling or comedy) is to make sure they STOP JUGGLING and JUST It’s not your job to entertain us – it’s just your job to be present at the moment ahead and treat it fairly. I never really had to teach @DaveBautista that. His rawness set him apart from the crowd. first moment I met him. It was just a matter of creating a space where he could come and share himself with all of us. “
Directed and co-written by Zack Snyder, Army of the Dead stars Dave Bautista, Garret Dillahunt, Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick, Raul Castillo, Tig Notaro, Theo Rossi and Ana de la Reguera. The film will be released on Netflix on May 21. This news comes from JoBlo.
Subjects: Guardians of the Galaxy, Army of the Dead