After making headlines and causing some buzz on social media for his recent comments about Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's acting skills in a recent interview with the Tampa Bay Times, WWE Superstar and fellow emerging Hollywood star Dave "Batista" Bautista took to Twitter to stand by his remarks.
"[I'm] retweeting this because although the headline is a bit misleading, I really appreciate them pointing out that I was not bashing anyone," wrote Batista via his official Twitter page on Wednesday with a link to a Movie Web article titled, 'Dave Bautista Body Slams The Rock's Acting Skills, Hates The Comparisons."
He continued, "I’m not a disrespectful person. I speak from the heart and sometimes it comes across harsh. I stand by the interview w/ @TB_Times #dreamchaser D."
For those who missed the original complete interview with Batista that has the social media world buzzing, he stated the following about The Rock's acting chops:
"Do not compare me to The Rock or John Cena. Everyone does it... Those guys are wrestlers who became movie stars. I’m ... something else. I was a wrestler. Now, I’m an actor.
"[The] Rock was, in a way, a movie star before he was even a movie star. There is something about him that’s really special. I’d never take that away from him. Would I consider him a great actor? F*ck no. I want good roles. I don’t care about Fast and Furious or Bumblebee. ... That’s not the kind of stardom I want. ... I want to be in Dune. I want to work with Denis Villeneuve. I want to work with Sam Mendes and Jodie Foster. I want to work with Academy Award winners. I’m proud to be a character actor. I want that respect and credibility and education."
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Retweeting this because although the headline is a bit misleading, I really appreciate them pointing out that I was not bashing anyone. I’m not a disrespectful person. I speak from the heart and sometimes it comes across harsh. I stand by the interview w/ @TB_Times #dreamchaser https://t.co/7yCtNasolh
— Dave Bautista (@DaveBautista) February 27, 2019