Dave Bautista is undoubtedly one of the most popular actors in Hollywood right now and has truly honed his craft in the art of acting.
However, it was not always easy for the former WWE Superstar, who left pro wrestling and took a risk to achieve his dreams of becoming an actor in Hollywood, against all odds.
While speaking with IGN, Bautista talked about his struggles to make it to Hollywood. Bautista revealed that he was completely broke before nabbing the role of Drax in Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy film franchise, as he had issues with tax.
“For people to really understand how much my life has changed, they would have to understand where I came from, what I went through when I was in wrestling, what I left behind to take a chance on going into acting.
And when I got the role of Drax in Guardians, I barely worked in three years. So I’d really left wrestling behind and I could have gone back with my tail between my legs, but I still [would] have been just stuck in a place that I never would have gone any further, but I just took a chance. And then when I got [cast], not only because I was broke, [everything changed]. When I say broke, my house was foreclosed, I had nothing, man. I sold all my stuff. I sold everything that I made from [when] I was wrestling. I had issues with the IRS. I was just lost in everything.”
Thankfully, Dave Bautista’s risk paid off in spades as he has established himself as a talented actor who can portray a variety of roles when needed.