For those that don’t know, Dave Bautista started out as one of the biggest stars in the WWE. He of course then made his way over to acting, as so many have before him from wrestling.

Now that Bautista is a full-fledged actor, he’s had the chance to work with some of the best in the business, behind the camera. Including David Twohy, James Gunn and now Zack Snyder.

In an interview with JoBlo, Bautista spoke on working with Snyder, in his new movie Army of the Dead. Bautista spoke highly of the director, saying that he appreciated his more collaborative approach to moviemaking. He compared it to working with Gunn on Guardians of the Galaxy, who he says is more of an opposite, a “control freak.”

“James would be much more, I feel like he’s much more involved with performance. I think. Um, I have a lot more flexibility with Zack [Snyder]. Um, James is a control freak. Have you guys all met with him? He’s very much a control freak.”

Gunn has risen to be one of the more acclaimed directors in the superhero action genre and so it comes to no real surprise that he likes to have actors do exactly what he wants them to do, with no wiggle room.

Bautista also recalled a time when Gunn wanted him to forget about acting and just do what he was being told to do.

“[With] guys like James Gunn, like I was giving this performance once and he was really upset, not because of the way I was performing. He was upset because where my eyes were looking. 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 great at one thing-well, not one thing, because really, I think passionate about like certain things, we just kind of draw from them and learn from. them.”

It seems clear that although Bautista likes the flexibility of Snyder’s way of doing things, he does like working with Gunn still. Also, Gunn has made it clear that he sees Bautista as a great actor.

When Chance the Rapper Twitted about Bautista being such a good actor, James Gunn replied with a thread, answering the question.

“Bc @DaveBautista takes the craft seriously. He’s grounded in real emotion & not showy. The difference between Dave & many wrestler-actors is when you look in his eyes on set he’s in the place he’s supposed to be, not thinking about what he’s going to do next. One of the things I deal with a lot with actors who have been a part of other performing arts (ie wrestling or comedy) is to get them to STOP JUGGLING and JUST BE. It’s not your job to entertain us – it’s simply your job to be present to the moment in front of you and to treat it honestly. I never really had to teach that to @DaveBautista. His rawness set him apart from the first moment I met him. It was merely a matter of creating a space where he could come and share himself with all of us.”

Army of the Dead is directed and co-written by Snyder and stars Bautista, Garret Dillahunt, Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick, Raul Castillo, Tig Notaro, Theo Rossi, and Ana de la Reguera.

The film will be available on May 21 on Netflix.

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