Dave Bautista has never been offered a romantic comedy: ‘Am I that unattractive?’

Dave Bautista is a pro-wrestler turned professional actor, with a real filmography full of quality directors and hit films. He’s got Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 coming out later this year, and he’s been working on Dune Part II for the better part of the past year. These are photos of Dave last night at the Knock at the Cabin premiere in New York last night – he’s the villain, I guess, although I don’t really know the story (I’ve only watched the trailers). He’s added M. Night Shyamalan to the list of directors who adore him. But the director he really wants to work with? Nancy Meyers or Richard Curtis. Yes, Dave Bautista would love to be the lead in a romantic comedy.

Dave Bautista’s filmography spans comic book movies (“Guardians of the Galaxy”), science-fiction tentpoles (“Dune,” “Blade Runner 2049”), action comedies (“Stuber”) and family movies (“My Spy”). One genre that’s missing is the romantic comedy, but that’s not been a deliberate choice. Bautista told Page Six that he’d love to star in a rom-com but he’s never gotten a single offer to do so. Not one.

“I know I’m not your typical rom-com lead,” Bautista said. “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?’”

“I don’t know,” Bautista added. “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.”

[From Variety]

There’s a lot of “give Dave a rom-com, you cowards” going around… but I kind of understand why he hasn’t gotten those scripts? It’s the kind of situation where you’d probably need a screenplay to be tailored specifically for Dave’s strengths and whole… thing. Like, no, he’s not getting the same scripts as Chris Pine or Channing Tatum, but in the right part, Dave would probably do a very good job. Mindy Kaling should write something for him? Something where he falls for an Indian girl.

Photos courtesy of Backgrid.

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  1. North of Boston says:

    What do they make these days, like maybe four romcoms a year? Unless you’re talking the hallmark channel.

    Slow your roll Dave, almost nobody is getting offered romcoms. Also you’re 54, and ageism is a thing in Hollywood, maybe not so much for men as for women, but still.

    Do I wish they made more good romcoms and that ageism didn’t exist? Yes.

    • Mimi says:

      He could’ve done the Channing Tatum role in Lost City. It would’ve been age-appropriate and it’s a romantic lead.

  2. Snuffles says:

    It’s because he’s carved out a very strong niche of being an action star. No one is going to automatically think of him as a romantic lead. But, hey, maybe now that he’s putting the message out there that he’s open to those kind of roles, he’ll start getting scripts for himself.

    • DouchesOfCambridge says:

      I agree. But I hope it works out for him. I certainly think we should break the romcom mold with always the same type of actors casted and the same vibe. It would need a super cool storyline and it would be a such breath of fresh air, like bridgerton was.

    • Lolo86lf says:

      Well he is aware that he is not a heart throb such as Seth Rollins, a young John Cena or a young the Rock or Randy Orton.

    • smlstrs says:

      She’s a Robin Tunney as Agent Theresa Lisbon type who works in mining, lumber or tourism & is dating a local hockey playing law enf officer. He’s a _____ (stone faced … fading hockey player with a gambling problem … ?) from out of town . They meet at a local festival – he’s attending bc _______ – and he insults the area and she’s defensive but there’s also sparks. Hijinks ensue … a drunken karaoke night lets them each see softer sides of each other … etc.

      Vibes :
      Cutting Edge + Guardians of the Galaxy + a touch of Hallmark movie

      Location: northern Minnesota, mid summer, lots of lakes

      I can keep going …

  3. Noki says:

    There have been many actors who have starred in rom coms that are not conventionally good looking(jack black,seth rogen, Steve carell,errm Billy Crystal) . It’s the actress in the rom coms that are usually required to look a certain way.

    • Normades says:

      Yea, rom com dudes are either traditionally hot or funny/flubby. He doesn’t fit in either mold. But now that he’s floated the idea around I could totally see Netflix considering it.

  4. Kay says:

    I’ll star in a romantic comedy with you Dave!!

  5. Mathom says:

    My favorite wrestler turned actor. He’s got the most range imo. Comedy is hard even when you have great writers, and his Drax was spot on with the comedic timing.

    • Josephine says:

      I agree. His timing is terrific (and he’s hot in his unique way). Vin Diesel was credible in The Pacifier — something like that would work for him.

  6. Izzy says:

    They put Jason Statham in a comedy with a romantic subplot with Melissa McCarthy, and the results were hilarious. If it’s a good script and good roles written to the strengths of the actors, you can get a good movie from it.

  7. Jill says:

    If they made the book Banking the Billionaire by Max Monroe into a movie then he would make a good Thatcher Kelly. That character is made for him.

  8. teecee says:

    No woman his age (54) and similar level of “attractiveness” would be offered such a role. The majority of women his age, regardless of “attractiveness” would be considered too old to play “the mom” of the leads!

    I bet he does get some kind of romcom out of this, and that his co-star will be 27-35, aka young enough to be his daughter. Either that or they’ll rope in a 40-something actress so out of his league in terms of talent, recognition, AND looks — who BTW would STILL be too young for him — that the whole thing would be equally ridiculous.

    And while I’m at it, no actress could make this kind of comment without being ripped apart by the internet and called names like “hag”, etc. Instead he gets ego-boosting compliments.

    • Lucy says:

      To be fair, his most recent marriage (that I’m aware of) was to a 20 something pole dancing champion. So, maybe he’d be fine with that casting.

    • JW says:

      This is generally true, but there are exceptions that prove the rule. Nancy Meyers makes them, and Diane Keaton stars in most of them, right? There’s an audience for them. I’d watch the hell out of a rom com with Jamie Lee Curtis, or Robin Wright, or Charlize Theron, or Naomi Watts or Minnie Driver—I’d want them to be actually bitingly funny, not coastal grandma, but they could be done. Emma Thompson is right there.

      And yes, someone should offer Dave Bautista some rom com scripts. I would fully buy him as a romantic lead.

      • Christina says:

        I agree, JW. He was quite good in Glass Onion. He has the big lug look, but I am always pleasantly surprised by his range. I expected him to be more like Schwartzenegar, but he is a TON better as an actor. He always surprises me. And he IS handsome in a real way. I’d love to see him in a ROM Com with Naomi Watts or something.

      • Mimi says:

        Sandra Bullock. Even Gwyneth Paltrow. Juliette Lewis. Winona Ryder. Soooo many actresses that are in that age range now. Hollywood needs to make it happen.

      • Becks1 says:

        One of my favorite rom-coms is Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin in “Its Complicated.” They were all older in the movie, that was the point of it.

    • Tana says:

      Okay, I admit this would be odd, but I’d love him to do a script with Jamie Lee Curtis. She wears her age like a flag and is so awesome.

      • dj says:

        Yes! Dave and Jamie Lee Curtis would be fantastic. Take my money please. It has to have writing.

  9. Eurydice says:

    Schwarzenegger made Kindergarten Cop – that worked.

    • Josephine says:

      That movie is so “of a time” but I totally loved it. Arnold did other comedies as well so he was being offered a fairly broad range of movies.

    • Emmi says:

      Yes but he was a movie star at the time. And I always cringe when Arnold tries romance on screen and thankfully he’s really only tried (somewhat) once? In True Lies? Jamie Lee Curties carried that movie though.

      I think Dave could do a good job, maybe opposite Sandra Bullock? She can have chemistry with a block of cheese so I would watch that.

    • Christina says:

      No lies told. And Bautista is a better actor. I like what Arnold does. True Lies was fun, but Dave has an actor’s nuance that Arnold doesn’t have.

      Dave has been growing on me for years, but he’s been busting his acting chops lately, growing nuance and a little complexity into his roles.

      It’s clear that he enjoys the craft, and I love that he is good and looks like a real guy on the street, somebody who is one thing on the outside but who is complicated and smart.

      His recent work has made me a fan.

      • Dara says:

        Same. He is the opposite of my usual physical type, but I like him immensely. After Glass Onion I watched a few too many of his interviews, and he is not at all what I expected. I wish him every success.

  10. Cecil says:

    The problem isn’t Dave and his attractiveness or lack thereof. It’s the fact that no one knows how to cast romcoms anymore. They go for two conventionally pretty faces and expect the movie to work. They don’t take into account charm and chemistry, which is what made prior romcoms work!! It’s why a lot of romcoms in the last decade have flopped: a thin script and actors who might as well be paper dolls for all the spark they have with each other. I think Dave is charismatic though and would do great in a romantic role.

  11. Chaine says:

    Yes, he is that unattractive!

    • Steph says:

      Yikes @chaine! What is it you find so unattractive about Dave?

      • Chaine says:

        @Steph he just has that meathead look that to me maybe is ok if the guy is in their 20s or early 30s, but when they are sixtyish with a scroungy beard, um, no thanks. Definitely not rom com material.

      • Christina says:

        That’s what I like about him. I want to see a regular looking guy in a romcom, but it’s the chemistry. @Steph, they DID care more about chemistry in the old days!

        I don’t live amongst paper dolls, so I want to see real people in movies.

        And Dave isn’t my type, but I still think he is hot. I’d do him, lol!!

  12. Digital Unicorn says:

    I loved him in Glass Onion – he’s got the comedy timing and am sure they could write a script just for him.

  13. Same says:

    one could argue My Spy was a Rom Com since his love interest ended up the kid’s Mom—- and his timing in that movie was EVERYTHING. Dude is funny.
    How hot he is will certainly be a matter of preference, but I am liking his style.

  14. Emmy Rae says:

    A rom com starring this guy would be a fun watch. I hope it happens. I can’t relate to the 25-year-olds breaking up due to minor miscommunications and easily explained assumptions. Need to see the older folks who’ve toasted their or their friends’ divorces already.

  15. Escape says:

    David Bautista, you are the sexiest, hottest man alive.

  16. Turtledove says:

    He has a net worth of 16 million. He’ll be fine without the rom coms.

    • Sass says:

      You know acting is fun, right? Like that’s the point – he’s paid to do something fun. And he’s saying he’d like to branch out. Not just for money – to have fun. Do you remember how to have fun?

  17. bus says:

    Give him a gay rom com and make him the more, um, traditionally feminine of the pair. I think he could pull it off.

  18. Squints says:

    I have always thought he was nice looking. But I like a manly man.

  19. outoftheshadows says:

    Here’s my pitch: Dave and Sigourney Weaver meet at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. She’s a mom to two ungrateful sons in their thirties, and he’s just started AA after a spectacularly bad motorcycle accident. She’s understandably skittish about relationships because her alcoholism stems from abuse by her now-deceased husband, but Dave is drawn to her because of her undeniable gorgeousness and spiritual strength. Her sons, however, have their father’s mean streak and want to throw a monkey wrench into the developing friendship. And both of their AA sponsors are trying to keep them apart.

    And… call me, Dave!

  20. Yonati says:

    I read the book that “Knock on the Cabin” was taken from. No way Im seeing the movie. There are some acts of violence that are super offensive to me. Dave may or may not play the villain. Or there may be multiple villains. Or none.

    • Imara219 says:

      What was the title of the book? I’m curious to read the story and even though I have liked Dave since his wrestling days, I have zero desire to see this film.

  21. vespernite says:

    Dave Bautista needs to stop trying to make “Dave Bautista” happen. He’s so try hard.

    • Same says:

      that is literally the POINT of all actors — to make themselves ‘happen’ to develop a career — to make a living at their calling or whatever you want to call it.

      Try hard = making a living :: pearls clutched::

  22. j.ferber says:

    That movie looks HELLA scary and that is not entertainment for me. He’s an okay looking dude and if he were matched with an age-appropriate, unconventional looking actress I think it would work. It could be quirky and outside of the box. I’d like that.

  23. Emily_C says:

    I find him FAR more attractive than the boring dull soporific average romcom guy. He also seems to be genuinely a good guy. They’d have to get an actual writer to do it, though, because his character would have to have actual personality, and those are thin on the ground in Hollywood these days. I suggest Rian Johnson. There are plenty of 50-something actresses to pair him with, but I suggest Michelle Yeoh.

  24. Sass says:

    Jack Nicholson had a huge career resurgence in his senior years as, of all things, a romcom leading man.

    He was definitely Jack Nicholson playing Jack Nicholson, but when has he not been that?

    Just saying – it’s a possibility. Dave isn’t my type, but he emotes well on screen and has great comedic timing. I think he could totally pull it off. Especially if he does a little Jack Nicholson work and goes for the anti-leading male schtick.

    • Emily_C says:

      Dave Bautista is a total sweetheart and genuinely good person. If he were written as himself, that is what he would be. Like, rescuing kittens from trees.

  25. Namemename says:

    He’s a city transit bus drive, but doesn’t know that he’s very charming, bunch of different ladies on the route fall for him, then someone starts leaving notes on his bus, and he’s gotta figure out who’s the one looking for him, but really doesn’t believe anyone would be looking for him. Whatever?. Idk I can see him as an “everyday person” for a romcom….

  26. Marie W says:

    Wait. Pay attention people. Where has everyone been?

    Dave Bautista was in an Amazon Prime movie called “My Spy” made in 2020. It certainly qualifies as a romantic comedy. The only down side of that movie is that you can’t seem to buy a copy anywhere and the only way to watch it is on Amazon Prime Video. I know, I have watched it at least 4 times.

    Of course, finding someone attractive is totally subjective. Personally, I think Dave Bautista is gorgeous and sexy.

    Remember how many women thought John Wayne was attractive? He made a lot of fine movies, but that man was never handsome.