Dave Bautista Says Denis Villeneuve Opened A Lot of Doors For Him By Giving Him A Role In ‘Blade Runner 2049’

Dave Bautista has reunited with director Denis Villenueve for Legendary’s Dune remake after working with the Canadian director on the visually stunning Blade Runner 2049. While speaking with Slash Film to promote his Netflix film Army of The Dead, the wrestler-turned-actor is very appreciative of Denis giving him his role in the Blade Runner sequel as it has opened many doors for him.

BAUTISTA: “[Denis Villeneuve], I always say this, and it’s something that’s really hard to convey in words, but how detailed he is in his performance. I wouldn’t have gotten nearly the love that I got from my small part in Blade Runner [2049] if he hadn’t just been all over me as far as performing. Down to the smallest details of how I walked, how I put my glasses on, how I took my glasses off. Just super up-close-and-personal and detailed. I had the most intimate conversations about putting my glasses on. [laughs] The simplest things. But that’s just the kind of director he is, man, he’s just so involved in the performance, which I loved. It was even more so on Dune. I think a lot of that was pressure that I put on myself. Because it felt different to me. Like, now he already has faith in me, he has expectations of me, so now I want to meet those expectations. So I put the pressure on myself so I can deliver for this guy. I love this guy. He’s opened the doors for me with Blade Runner, and I fought for that part, but man, that role opened a lot of doors for me. So anyway, I want to come through. I think you can find that same sentiment with every actor that works with Denis. He’s a special person and a special director, and at the end of the day, you want to hear him come out from behind that monitor and say, ‘I deeply love this.’ That’s when you know Denis is happy.

Dave is a busy guy with the Guardians of The Galaxy Vol.3 shoot in the United Kingdom taking place at the end of the year. He’s also attached for leading roles in Paul W.S. Anderson’s In The Lost Lands and the sci-fi action film Universe’s Most Wanted.

Zack Snyder’s Army of The Dead releases this month on Netflix and Denis Villeneuve’s Dune is coming out on October 1 with a little uncertainly if it’ll stick to a hybrid release, the Legendary website doesn’t mention HBO Max.

ARMY OF THE DEAD – Following a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas, a group of mercenaries take the ultimate gamble, venturing into the quarantine zone to pull off the greatest heist ever attempted.

DUNE – A mythic and emotionally charged hero’s journey, Dune tells the story of Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence—a commodity capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential—only those who can conquer their fear will survive.


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