How Dave Bautista Defied the Odds to Become a Box Office Monster

Dave Bautista at home with antique finds
When he’s not strolling his canines, Bautista likes to go on the web and increase to his collection of ’70s BMX bikes, metal lunch boxes and quirky items to adorn his home. Mark Delong


Like lots of of us, Bautista aims to expend as a great deal time as feasible off his phone—until a boring second appears and abruptly he’s typing a little something that inevitably riles up conservatives on Twitter (@DaveBautista, 1.three million followers). “I’ve misplaced a great deal of supporters. I don’t like staying a political man or woman. It is incredibly unpleasant. But sometimes I just can not stay with myself if I don’t say a little something. I was lifted in the homosexual local community, and I was lifted in a black local community. So people today who are racists or bigots, I just don’t get it. I can not relate at all. It is disgusting to me.” At just one place in the run-up to the 2020 election, Bautista—a formidable dude—felt threatened sufficient to call in his bodyguard to submit up at his home.


At dinnertime, if Bautista’s not entertaining, he’s ordering in. Stars—they’re just like us! But as an alternative of ordering just one entrée, Bautista loads down his Uber Eats driver with extras: poke, rooster sandwiches, “all kinds of bowls,” he claims. Then it’s on to binge-looking at some quality Television set. Peaky Blinders is a recent fave, as is Ozark. The other night’s highlighted programming was Zack Snyder’s recut of Justice League. “Fucking Zack, man. Four hrs. I want to communicate to him about that.”

A LATE-Night Read through

Final, but not least—at all around 1 or 2 a.m.—Bautista tucks into the pile of scripts that await him—and await him. “It usually depends on the urgency of the script, but in the middle of the working day, my awareness is in a hundred other locations. So I inevitably hold out until eventually the close of it to critique scripts. Which indicates I final all of 20 minutes right before I drop asleep, which indicates it will take me endlessly to get by way of them.” But Bautista claims it never feels like get the job done. “To pursue my enthusiasm, and to do what I do—I really feel like I have Forrest Gumped my way by way of existence. I have just been lucky.”