13. December 2014 05:06
This weeks issue of Entertainment weekly introduces us to the new Spectre Henchman, Mr. Hinx...
The Name's Bautista. Dave Bautista.
The most surprising cast member of the new James Bond movie? WWE star-turned -Guardians of the Galaxy actor Dave Bautista, who joins Spectre in November 2015 as Mr. Hinx. Here’s what you need to know about the man wrestle-maniacs refer to as the Animal.
The behemoth-size Bautista—he's 6'4", 265 pounds—may be famous for fighting foes both in the wrestling ring and on the big screen, but at heart the 45-year-old (s still the shy, skinny kid who bulked up to compensate for social fears. 'The reason I got into weight lifting and working out and sports is because I was such an introvert," he says. "Even stuff I did with team sports I had trouble with, because I was so awkward and introverted."
HE'S A GEEK
"I collect lunch boxes and Star Wars characters and Star Wars memorabilia," he says. 'That was stuff with wrestling that I always loved—the action figures and the videogames. That's the geek in me." (Our advice: Do not remove Bautista's action figures from their packaging without his permission.)
HE'S DONE A LOT OF HIS OWN STUNTS
There aren't too many capable stuntmen who look like a tank on legs. 'They'd
always bring in doubles for me and they were all really jacked up but they were never athletic, so they couldn't really do anything," says Bautista, whose pre-Guardians credits include the CW show Smallville and the Vin Diesel-starring Riddick. "So I ended up doing my own stunts."
HE'S AFRAID OF AUDITIONS
Bautista didn't sleep the night before he met Guardians director James Gunn for the first time. "I had such bad anxiety," he says. "I went in and James was so friendly and he made me feel so at home.
I told him, 'I get really nervous doing this stuff,'and he said, 'YouVe got nothing to worry about.'"
HE'S A STAND-UP GUY
Sounds like Daniel Craig lucked out with this one, at least according to Bautista's Guardians costar Chris Pratt "Dave Bautista looks like an animal: He's a huge, huge specimen and very intimidating," he says. "But you meet him and you realize he's a gentle giant and he's got a heart of gold."
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[Source: Entertainment Weekly, Dec 19, 2014, #1342.]