One of the great names in the wrestling world and the former WWE World Heavyweight Champion Batista has recently answered some questions about Dwayne Johnson and revealed how he really feels about this former wrestler and now a famous actor.
One of the things he admitted was that he “hates” being compared not only to The Rock but John Cena, as well. These two belong to an elite group of WWE stars, given that they successfully moved from being pro wrestlers to Hollywood actors.
“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.”
Batista does not want to be seen it the same light as The Rock, even though he is a future WWE Hall of Famer and one of the greatest wrestlers that made it to the squared circle. He said: “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.” But then he added: “Would I consider him a great actor? F— no.”
Batista also said that his wish is to work with Academy Award winners and become a respected actor.
“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,” he concluded.