I’ve been very lucky over the past decade to have the opportunity to speak with all kinds of people in Hollywood, so believe me when I tell you that Dave Bautista is one of the nicest and most grounded actors working today. Case in point: about a week ago Bautista was in town for 24 hours to promote his new movie Hotel Artemis. While I wasn’t scheduled to talk with him because he was only doing on-camera and I was doing print interviews the following day, he offered to fit me into his packed schedule during the only time he had: his lunch break. Trust me, this is not the norm and I was grateful for him making space for us to talk.
During the first part of the interview we discussed Avengers: Infinity War spoilers, why he doesn’t like reading the full script, how he’s going to film some additional scenes for Avengers 4 soon, and so much more. In addition, he talked about why he wanted to be part of writer-director Drew Pearce’s Hotel Artemis, how acting in the film gave him a new level of confidence, what it was like sharing the screen with Jodie Foster, why he wants to be a well-rounded actor, working with Sylvester Stallone in Escape Plan 2: Hades, what it’s been like playing the playing the straight man opposite Kumail Nanjiani in Michael Dowse’s Stuber, and more.
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