29BEST: Batista in Guardians Of The Galaxy
We start with one of the more recent wrestling additions to the world of Hollywood, Dave Bautista, known to WWE audiences as ‘The Animal’ Batista. The former WWE Champion made his film debut in 2006, with a cameo role alongside Triple H (who will be turning up again on this
list for sure) in a Danny DeVito movie, Relative Strangers. After roles in The Man With The Iron Fists and Riddick, Batista landed the role of a lifetime as Drax The Destroyer in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.
Alongside Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and CGI Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper, Batista fought the evil forces of Ronan The Accuser, portraying the powerful, but literal Drax to a great reception from the Marvel fanbase. Casting a relatively unknown actor in a relatively unknown role could have been a catastrophe for Marvel as they attempted to launch a brand new franchise for their Cinematic Universe, but Dave did a great job and it’s hard to see anyone else playing the role.
Thanks to the massive success of the film, Batista landed numerous other high profile roles, including the James Bond film, Spectre, and the upcoming Blade Runner sequel. These roles, combined with a scheduled appearance in the Guardians Of The Galaxy sequel puts Batista in a very, very promising position, especially for a man who was always open about his desire to be an actor. Batista could be the next big thing in Hollywood and Guardians was definitely the place that this journey started. Fun fact: Batista also starred in the third Scorpion King movie. Yep, there are three Scorpion King movies. Try not to cry.