Dave Bautista Says Being Cast in Knives Out 2 is "Terrifying," But Also Validating - /FILM

Dave Bautista Says Being Cast in  Knives Out 2  is Terrifying, But Also Validating - /FILM
This is not lost on Dave Bautista, who was recently announced as joining the cast of Knives Out 2, which will see the return of Johnson and Craig, but the introduction of a wholly new supporting cast. Bautista shrugged off the former professional wrestler stigma with his hilarious work in Guardians of the Galaxy, and hes shown himself to be a hungry, curious, and adventurous actor since then, turning in memorable performances in films like Spectre and Blade Runner 2049. Joining the sequel to a film that utilized a such a powerful ensemble feels like the next step, and he is well-aware of the pressure.

I spoke with Bautista about his work in Zack Snyders upcoming Netflix action/horror movie Army of the Dead, but the conversation shifted toward Knives Out 2, which is set to film in Greece this year. In the days since his casting was announced, the ensemble has grown around him first Edward Norton , and then Janelle Monae . For an actor so good at playing tough guys, Bautista was refreshingly upfront about being intimidated by the project, but hes ready to deliver:

It feels terrifying. Im nervous about it. Im really nervous. Its one of those things where now the pressures on, because people are expecting things from you. I want to deliver. I take pride in that. Im a game player. I want to throw a touchdown pass. I know the script is brilliant, I know the director is brilliant, and I know everybody that theyre going to cast obviously Daniel [Craig] is there, hes brilliant, and I believe Ed Nortons been cast as well. So the names are going to get bigger and better, and for me, I cant get it out of my head that theres always going to be a part of me that feels like Im new to this and Im still learning, and I want to be able to hold my own. So there is a bit of an intimidation factor, because all these actors and directors are just accomplished and seasoned and award-winners. But at the end of the day, this is how I gauge my career, the people Im working with. The projects that Im on, the directors that I work with. So I know being announced as part of this cast is a huge statement, because the first film crushed.

Throughout our conversation, Bautista emphasized his interest in wanting to work with the best people possible so he could learn from them. A Knives Out sequel, he says, is the latest step to him becoming the actor he wants to be:

Like you said, the cast was a whos who, and I like being in that conversation, man. Its just validation. This is why I was in this. I still aspire to be a great actor, and I dont know if I can get there unless I get those roles that require me to be a great actor. So again, Im just kind of stepping the ladder, but its very validating to get a role like this in a film like this.
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