Dave Bautista rising Hollywood star and former pro wrestler is joining one of the most exclusive families of cinema in his new character as a James Bond villain.
As Mr Hinx in “Spectre,” the latest venture of the unflappable 007 due out in Britain next week and most everywhere else in early November, Bautista joins a pantheon of bad guys that are at least as fascinating as the British spy himself.
There’s also Spain’s Javier Bardem as a perverted cyberterrorist in “Skyfall” (2012) and Denmark’s Mads Mikkelsen as offense lord Le Chiffre in “Casino Royale” (2006). Bautista, 46, hopes to add his Mr Hinx. He says the experience of filming a Bond film “on top of a mountain in Austria” was a dramatic turnaround from his rough and tumble youth in “the worst streets of Washington,” where he’d become an auto robber by age 13.
It “feels like you’re in a dream,” Bautista told AFP in an interview, adding that Bond is “like the ultimate superhero, but real.” The other lead bad guy — Franz Oberhauser, portrayed by Austrian Oscar winner Christoph Waltz – is also a SPECTRE member.
The network isn’t new to Bond faithful. It absolutely was first introduced on the silver screen in the initial film starring the super-spy, the classic “Dr. No” from 1962 starring Sean Connery as 007. In the movie, Dr.
No (Joseph Wiseman), who’d metal prostheses in place of his lost hands, reveals to Bond that he belongs to the criminal network. Bautista, who stands at 6’4″ (1.93 meters) and whose tremendous biceps are liberally tattooed, certainly looks the part of a formidable Bond nemesis.
However Bautista said the choreographed onscreen fighting with all the spy in the kind of Daniel Craig didn’t always go easily, despite his time as mixed martial artist and a wrestler. “There were tons of bumps and bruises,” Bautista said. “Daniel hurt his knee.” Did Daniel appear unscathed? “Dan hit me in the nose,” he said. Bautista had tender remembrances with his female co stars.
He acknowledged to going weak in the knees around Italian actress Monica Bellucci, calling her “breathtakingly beautiful.” In terms of French performer Lea Seydoux, who also appears in the movie, her beauty that was soft impressed Bautista. “There’s something almost angelic about her,” he said.