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Roman Reigns and Batista officially announced their return to the WWE, starting out new storylines likely leading to Wrestlemania 35. Actor Dave Bautista attends the premiere of Global Road Entertainment's 'Hotel Artemis' at Regency Village Theatre on May 19, 2018 in Westwood, California. Getty Images/Alberto E. Rodriguez


  • Dave Bautista said he'd love to star in a rom-com but has never gotten an offer to do so
  • Bautista said he knows he isn't the "typical" rom-com lead
  • The ex-wrestler wondered if there was something "unappealing" about him that excludes him from rom-com roles

Dave Bautista has revealed his hopes to be the male lead in a romantic comedy in the future.

The former WWE wrestler-turned-actor, 54, told Page Six that he would love to star in a rom-com but has never received an offer for such projects.

"I know I'm not your typical rom-com lead," Bautista said at the premiere of his latest flick, "Knock at the Cabin," at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City Monday. "I'm a little rough around the edges. But I always, you know, I look in the mirror and I say, I ask myself, 'Am I that unattractive? Is there something that unappealing about me that excludes me from these parts?'"

But while he hasn't gotten any offers for a rom-com role yet, the "Guardians of the Galaxy" star said he hasn't lost hope that it will come his way someday.

"I don't know. It's just never come my way. I've never had an offer to do a rom-com. I still have high hopes. I'll just keep searching," he told the outlet.

Bautista recently appeared in Netflix's hit movie "Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery," where he plays influencer Duke Cody.

In a November 2022 interview, he spoke about working with Daniel Craig and how impressed he was by Craig's transformation from James Bond to detective Benoit Blanc in the mystery-crime film. He co-starred with Craig in the 2015 movie "Spectre."

"It's amazing because I'm always in awe of people who can transform themselves like that," Bautista told Entertainment Weekly. "This is why I wanted to be an actor, because I wanted to be that guy. As odd as it sounds — because I look like a f--ing gorilla — I wanted to be a chameleon."

Bautista added that Craig seemed to have had more fun filming "Glass Onion" than the Bond films, where he felt that Craig was put under immense "pressure" playing the popular British agent 007.

"He was just so much fun, and he was always smiling and happy and interacted a lot more," Bautista said of Craig. "On 'Spectre,' there wasn't a whole lot of interaction with the whole cast. But 'Glass Onion' was the complete opposite. We were always together. So I got to know him better as a person and actually see him do his thing."

In the M. Night Shyamalan-directed thriller "Knock at the Cabin," Bautista plays a mild-mannered schoolteacher who, as part of a quartet of strangers, demands that a couple make an extraordinary decision to avoid an apocalypse.

"Knock at the Cabin" hit theaters on Friday.

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Dave Bautista and Chloe Coleman speak onstage at CinemaCon The State of the Industry and STXfilms Presentation at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace during CinemaCo on April 2, 2019 in Las Vegas. Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for CinemaCon