Dave Bautista Birthday Special: From Sapper Morton to Scott Ward, the Actor’s Top 5 Non-Draxian Roles That Deserve More Attention!
Dave Bautista has been on the rise in recent years. Landing many high-profile roles, Bautista has successfully transitioned from a wrestler into an actor we should take seriously. Rise to fame with his role as Drax in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy in 2014, Bautista would become a household name in Hollywood. Drax showed what a comedic actor he was while subtly dropping emotional beats for his characters. It cemented him as an actor to watch. Since then, he has played the character four times and will reprise the role twice more now. Dave Bautista reveals Marvel didn’t ask him to reprise his role as Drax for their upcoming Disney+ series What If…?
While Drax is surely Bautista’s most popular role, it’s not his best by far. While yes, Drax is definitely better than some of the early mentions on this list, Bautista still did a lot of great work. For example, his roles in films like Blade Runner 2049 and army of the dead deserve so much more attention because of what it brings to the table. That being said, in celebration of Dave Bautista’s 53rd birthday, let’s take a look at five of his best non-Drax roles that deserve more attention. Knock on the Booth: Dave Bautista to Star in Next M Night Shyamalan Movie.
Vic Manning (Stuber)
Dave Bautista in Stuber (Photo credit: 20th Century Studios)
Stuber is one of those films where the chemistry between the two leads works, and it does here. Bautista stars alongside Kumail Nanjiani and the film follows a cop, trying to catch a drug dealer who murdered his partner. In this, he hires a driver who becomes his “partner” and helps him solve this crime. Bautista is hilarious in the role and his chemistry with Nanjiani is amazing.
Owen (Master Z: The Ip Man Legacy)
Dave Bautista in Master Z: The Ip Man Legacy (Photo credit: Universal Studios)
A hidden gem in Bautista’s filmography, the film sees him play a drug dealer named Owen. He immediately comes across as intimidating and someone not to be bothered with. He’s awesome in this role and is honestly one of the best parts of the movie.
Mr Hinx (Spectre)
Dave Bautista in Specter (Photo credit: Sony Pictures)
Playing the role of a Bond villain and going up against James Bond himself, Mr. Hinx was a role that showcased Bautista’s chops as an action star. While in the role he doesn’t really talk much, he conveys a lot with his expressions. Having great action sequences with Bond, this certainly qualifies as one of his best roles.
Scott Ward (Army of the Dead)
Dave Bautista in Army of the Dead (Photo credit: Netflix)
Scott Ward was another great Bautista role that showcased his amazing chops as an action star. Leading a Las Vegas heist in the middle of a zombie apocalypse, the film had all the elements of a fun time. At the center of it was Bautista, where he again showed he could play more than just comic relief.
Sapper Morton (Blade Runner 2049)
Dave Bautista in Blade Runner 2049 (Photo credit: Warner Brothers)
He’s in this movie for five minutes, and that too at the start, and gives the best performance of his career. Sapper Morton is truly one of his most emotionally charged roles which proves what can be achieved when the director knows how to direct his actors properly. Although his character is short-lived, he gives a great performance that will stick with you throughout the movie.
We’d love to see Dave Bautista diversify his career further and dive into roles that really challenge him as an actor. But nonetheless, I can’t wait to see him return as Drax as well. With that, we wrap up the list and wish Dave Bautista a very happy birthday.
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