Compared to John Cena and Dwayne Johnson, Dave Bautista is arguably the best ex-wrestler currently working in Hollywood.
Three major WWE wrestlers have tried to break into Hollywood, including Dwayne Johnson, John Cena and Dave Bautista, but Bautista is clearly the best. While these ex-wrestlers needed to practice some acting during their professional wrestling days, the drama they performed was far from what Hollywood actors demanded, which means that the phenomenon of wrestlers becoming superstar actors is very strange. While the three former wrestlers have their own strengths, in terms of pure showmanship, Dave Bautista comes out on top.
Wrestlers becoming actors is nothing new, as early as the 1980s, athletes like Roddy Piper broke into the film industry. However, the frequency with which these ex-wrestlers enter the show and the success they have achieved has given this modern trend its own beast. Dwayne Johnson's box-office prowess has proven him to be one of Hollywood's biggest names, while John Cena's comedic talents have landed him starring roles in successful films and TV shows like The Peacemaker. Dave Bautista came from more humble beginnings than the latter two, but he has proven himself to be the best ex-wrestler-turned-actor out there.
Why Dave Bautista Has The Edge Over The Rock
The Rock is best known as a wrestler-turned-actor, starring in numerous Franchises like Jumanji and the Fast and the Furious movies. However, at the end of the day, the Rock is just a basic action star. In nearly every movie he's been in, Dwayne Johnson has played the same character, a lovable jerk who is sarcastic but always saves the day. Dave Bautista, on the other hand, has incredible range. Dave Bautista plays a berserk warrior in "Dune," a tragic, remorseful replicant in "Blade Runner 2049," and a hilarious comedy in the "Guardians of the Galaxy" franchise.
Beyond the range of his performances, Bautista is much better than rock in ensembles, an essential quality in modern Hollywood. The Rock prefers to be the leading man and rarely acts as a second-in-command to any actor. In the "Fast & Furious" franchise, Dwayne Johnson's contract even included a clause saying he couldn't lose a fight, suggesting his ego came at the character's expense.
On the other hand, Bautista shines in the ensemble. He tends to play well-loved supporting roles in some of his most famous films, including Guardians of the Galaxy, Dune and The Glass Onion: Mystery of Knockout. rock may be A movie star, but Dave Bautista is a character actor, which means he stands by the movies he's in, not his public persona.
John Cena Hasn't Taken Bautista's Hollywood Title (Yet)
While The Rock is nowhere near as talented as Dave Bautista, John Cena isn't far behind either. John Cena's role as the peacemaker in The Suicide Squad showed that he can play both comedic and dramatic roles. The spinoff "The Peacemakers" further showcased the actor's talents. John Cena shines in a superhero movie, proving he's following Bautista's career trajectory. However, he still hasn't surpassed Dave Bautista's Hollywood title, as he hasn't yet shown Bautista's range.
Aside from his performance as the Peacemaker in the DCU, John Cena has yet to expand and play the dramatic role that made Dave Bautista so great. Cena's Hollywood projects have been almost exclusively comedies with mixed reviews, such as Blockers, Playing with Fire and Vacation Friends. Peacemaker could be the catalyst for Cena to move away from his lovable goofy type, which would allow him to finally showcase his acting range. As of now, though, the former wrestler hasn't shown he has a talent level beyond Dave Bautista's, though he hasn't shown much. not far off.
Bautista's New Projects Will Confirm His Hollywood Status
Dave Bautista has acted in films before, but he usually has supporting roles in his most successful films. Dave Bautista's Hollywood status will be cemented with his next project. Notably, Dave Bautista is the biggest star in M. Night Shyamalan's "The Knocker," a movie whose marketing relied on Bautista The star power of Bautista. If the movie is a box-office success, it could prove that Bautista has become a bona fide Hollywood star, selling almost every movie on his acting prowess alone. Knock on Log Cabin is a horror movie, which means Dave Bautista's range will expand even further, further proving that he's the best ex-wrestler in Hollywood.