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Dave Bautista: 'I'll always be big'

Published 19/12/2015

Dave Bautista
Dave Bautista

Dave Bautista would never risk anorexia for a movie role.

Dave Bautista reasons if an acting role required him to slim down, it wouldn't be the right one for him.

The 46-year-old former wrestler has moved into Hollywood, scoring a part as baddie Mr. Hinx in James Bond film Spectre. While he loves his new career, the star would never follow in the footsteps of actors like Matthew McConaughey and Christian Bale and go to extreme lengths to land work.

"I don't know if I'm prepared or if it's even possible," he explained to Muscle & Fitness magazine. "I've gotten to where I was only eating protein and spinach all day and I was hungry all the time and I still couldn't really get myself to look like your average person. But I like training; I like being healthy. I don't want to be anorexic. If the role requires that, it's probably not the right role for me. I think resistance training will always be a part of my life. It's where I feel I'm a fish back in water."

Despite his reluctance to change now, there was a time when Dave considered altering his appearance to further his career. He reasons he didn't leave wrestling to always be cast as the "cheesy action guy", so wanted to make sure he was picky about projects.

"I refused to pick up a weight for years and dieted and did cardio," he recalled. "I starved myself down to 114 (kg). I'm just a big person with big bones, and I've been lifting for 25 years. I'm just a gorilla!"

Luckily Dave scored the role in Spectre and everything started falling into place. Director Sam Mendes even said he could gain weight up to 123kg or more, but when it came to costume fittings, they quickly realised 123kg would be the max.

"They said, 'Please don't put any more weight on!'" he laughed.

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