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Dave Bautista's "Dream Role" Is To Play Gears Of War Movie's Marcus Fenix

Dave Bautista's "Dream Role" Is To Play Gears Of War Movie's Marcus Fenix

Wrestler turned movie star Dave Bautista visited GameSpot Universe to do a Q&A with some of his fans on Twitter to discuss his career as well as his upcoming film, Hotel Artemis. He also revealed his desire to play Marcus Fenix in Universal’s upcoming Gears of War film. Bautista has appeared in many sci-fi, fantasy, and action roles recently, perhaps most famously as the tough and lovable Drax in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy franchise.

Happy and humble as usual, Bautista was first asked what his ideal acting job would be. Funny enough, the user who wrote the question also wrote “I’m hoping they ask you to play Marcus Fenix in the Gears of War movie!” to which Bautista replied, “I’ve been pursuing Gears of War for years now. I believe it’s in the hands of Universal Studios. And I’ve been knocking on their door and badgering them and they are so sick of me (laughs), phoning in and asking them where they are with that project. But, yes, Marcus Fenix is absolutely a dream role for me. I want that role.”

The Gears of War movie, which has been in the works for a few years now, got the official go-ahead from Universal after acquiring screen-writer Shane Salerno, who is also credited with writing scripts for Shaft and Armageddon and being on the writing team for James Cameron’s Avatar. Fans have been waiting for this film for a long time and it seems that many people are enthusiastic about the idea of Bautista as Marcus Fenix.


In discussing his new role as Everest in Hotel Artemis, Bautista describes the character as coming from a violent background and says that he is “a product of his environment but that’s not the person he wants to be. He actually wants to help people, he wants to heal people and that’s why he takes such pride in being a healthcare professional.” This comment references a snippet from the trailer where the character points to his ID and proclaims proudly, “This means I’m a healthcare professional.” He goes on to discuss the intricacies of the role in more depth and seems very excited about the role and about the film as a whole. Bautista also discussed his transition from WWE into acting, which was apparently an entirely unexpected move for him but one he was happy to make. He says that he “caught the bug” and that he only ever aspired to be a working actor.

Bautista seems to be enthusiastic about his past and upcoming roles and hopefully we’ll hear from Universal soon on whether Bautista will actually play Marcus Fenix in its Gears of War movie. Hotel Artemis will be in theaters June 8.


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