Dave Bautista is on the cover of the November issue of Men’s Health. You may think you know him: as Deacon Batista, or as Drax the Destroyer. But this burly 52-year-old who calls himself a “dream chaser” is only just coming into his own. In “Dave Bautista Unleashed” by Lauren Larson, the biggest man in Dune, this year’s biggest movie, talks about his time in the WWE, why Twitter is so important to him, what he learned working with Jason Momoa, and more.
On gun control: “It’s one extreme or the other: People think you should abolish the [right to carry arms], or people think that you should be able to buy a bazooka. I don’t think that’s healthy.”
On his distinctive appearance: “I realize what I look like. I joke and say I look like I got out of prison yesterday. But I do. I’m very aware of that. So that’s why I’ll take an extra minute with somebody to show them I’m just not that guy. I may look like that guy, but I’m not that guy.”
On not finishing high school: “I always live with that regret and I’m not ashamed of it. My circumstances were different and school wasn’t a priority. So I went a different route, because I wanted to eat.”
On wrestling’s toxic environment: “It was just a very toxic atmosphere. Wrestling is very competitive. It’s very cutthroat. You’re put in a position where you have to posture up all the time, and it’s exhausting. It’s just exhausting.”
On his frivolous spending once he became successful: “I wasted all that money, and I could’ve done a lot of good things with that money. I could’ve helped people; I could’ve helped animals. But honestly, I was miserable and I was just trying to buy happiness.”
On wanting to be seen as more than a wrestler: “I’m not trying to separate myself from professional wrestling because I’m embarrassed or anything like that. It’s just, I needed to make a name for myself and start all over and kind of just get people to see me in a different light. Because if people always see me as a pro wrestler turned actor, then they’re going to put me in a box for roles.”
On his roles as a villain: “I found out in wrestling that I like being the bad guy. And I don’t know why this happens, but there’s something about me that people like as a bad guy.”
On why he’s on Twitter: “I’m on Twitter out of spite. I wanted to walk away from Twitter years ago, because it’s just such a hostile place . . . but I saw what a bad political environment we’ve come into. I stayed on because I want to be an opposing voice to all those assholes who are out here being racists and bigots and polarizing our country. So I stayed on to spite them.”
The November issue of Men’s Health will be available everywhere on October 19th.
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