Thankfully, director Zack Snyder persuaded him to change his mind. When we talk about, the Army Of The Dead: The former WWE wrestler told the media that he wasn’t seeking action movies. But a major part in a Zack Snyder picture was too tempting to pass up. He remarked, “It was characterized to me as a zombie heist flick.”
“I thought to myself, ‘That’s wonderful, that’s very intriguing,’ since I like both genres.’ I’m not searching for action movies, but.
“I was informed Zack was interested in me for the lead, and I was extremely excited to work with him, so I read the screenplay and realized it wasn’t going to be what I expected.”
Dave Bautista plays Scott Ward, a former soldier charged with pulling off a casino robbery in the middle of a zombie apocalypse in Army of the Dead. It’s also a picture about relationships, so it’s a lot more than that.
“I looked beyond everything else — past the zombies, past the robbery – and focused just on Scott Ward and Kate Ward’s love. And when I first read the screenplay, I thought of it as a redemption story — this guy is simply a parent trying to reconnect with his daughter.”
It’s an unusually delicate portrayal of the character from an actor frequently cast as burly action heroes or henchmen.
On the other hand, Dave Bautista has proven himself to be a brilliant actor with a genuinely astounding range over the last several years. He gave an unexpectedly subtle and nuanced performance in Blade Runner 2049. And it was that softer touch that initially drew Zack Snyder to him.”Even though he’s strong and scary, Dave has this softness to him,” Snyder said.
“As you can visualize, his warmth is at the heart of that family, and that was very important to me. I believe he does an excellent job of holding everything together. It all comes down to family in the end. In a lot of ways, even the zombies are about family.”
“However, I don’t think it would be as good without Dave’s range.”
The story follows a gang of mercenaries assembled by Scott Ward to carry out the theft.
And the rest of the cast agrees that Dave Bautista is the actual MVP. Omari Hardwick, who plays zombie-slayer Vanderohe, said, “Some of my best moments in the movie are when Dave is dealing with Ella.” “As a parent who has been alienated from his daughter, all of the agonizing moments.” Nora Arnezeder, who plays Lily, the lone wolf, concurs.
“It was a lot of joy working with Dave,” she added. “What I admire about him is that he’s not only a muscular man; he’s also a sensitive individual. He’s a true performer. He has a lot of depth. And, he listens well, which is crucial for an actor.” Even though his initial reservations, Bautista appears to have made a lasting impression on the Army of the Dead set. And it’s a role he’s been able to fully immerse himself in.
“After reading the script, I spoke with Zack and asked if he would give me more leeway to make the character deeper, richer, and more emotional. And he said, ‘absolutely, man.’ This is why I’m interested in you for this part.”
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