The most successful professional wrestler turned actor is without question The Rock. Or, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as he is now known in Hollywood. He has successfully transitioned from arguably the most famous pro wrestler in the world to one of the most famous stars on the planet. However he certainly isn’t the only WWE superstar to try and break into TV and film. After leaving WWE due to injury Edge appeared in Haven. His one time appearance soon became a big role on the sci-fi show. John Cena has of course made an attempt to make it in the movie industry, for some time he only starred in straight to DVD action films released by WWE films. More recently he has had a comedic turn in Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck, followed by a role in Sisters featuring Amy Poehler and Tina Fey. His dedication to the industry of pro wrestling seems to be the only thing keeping him from really making a name for himself as a big star in the movie industry.
A pro wrestler turned actor that does look to be following in The Rock’s footsteps is Dave Bautista. Or just ‘Batista’ as he is known in WWE. Bautists made the decision to take a break from wrestling in order to focus on an acting career, it proved to be a fairly sound decision as he received critical praise for his role as Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy. What was even better for him was the success of the movie itself, considerably increasing his fame. Off the back of his excellent performance as The Destroyer he has received a lot of important movie roles. In 2015 he played Mr. Hinx, the hulking henchman in Spectre, the newest Bond movie. Since then he has been cast in the forthcoming Highlander remake as The Kurgan, an iconic movie villain. He is also playing Tong Po, the antagonist of Kickboxer: Vengeance. The new Kickboxer movie has been filmed already and is currently in post-production for release some time this year. At the moment not much is known about the Highlander remake as casting has not been completed yet. Although, according to IMDB Stephen Amell is being considered for the hero role of Conner MacLeod. I am very excited for that movie if this is true.
It seems Dave Bautista’s Hollywood career is going from strength to strength, as wrestling fans will be already aware, Bautista has quite a range. I look forward to him showing his abilities more in future roles and not just being the silent enforcer.