Once Hollywood realized just how big of a blockbuster the Star Wars franchise would become, actors practically begged for parts in the films. Al Pacino now famously admits a four decades-old error in judgment. He turned down the role of Han Solo, an act he calls a “missed opportunity.” These days, A-list actors clamor to visit the galaxy far, far away. We’ve had Daniel Craig, Simon Peg, and even two princes sneak onto the Star Wars screen. One actor who hasn’t though: Dave Bautista.
The absence certainly wasn’t for a lack of trying on Bautista’s part, however. While recently promoting his latest film Final Score on a press tour in London, Bautista commented on his efforts to land a Star Wars role.
Dave Bautista Auditions for Star Wars
I’ve actually auditioned for a couple of Star Wars [movies] and they’ve turned me down. It was always a dream of mine to be in a Star Wars film,”
the bruising actor told Flickering Myth. He didn’t elaborate on the films or character(s) for which he auditioned, however. I find it difficult to imagine what kind of character he would have played. Not many characters or creatures we’ve seen would warrant the physical presence Dave Bautista brings. Still, the premise of Bautista appearing in Star Wars is an intriguing one.
Now it’s also now a highly unlikely one. Dave Bautista has been the most vocal of the Guardians of the Galaxy cast against Disney (which owns both the Marvel and Star Wars franchises) firing James Gunn. The studio let the director go upon learning of inappropriate tweets and jokes Gunn had made over a decade ago. Bautista, vehement in his opposition to the decision, has reportedly even threatened to walk out on the Guardians franchise.
Bautista isn’t exactly an aficionado of the current Star Wars sequel trilogy, either. “I can’t say I’m the biggest fan of the latest installments,” Bautista admitted, while noting his love for Rogue One to the contrary. “I thought it was a really great film….” (Writer’s Note: I completely agree, Dave.)
Unfortunately for Bautista, Star Wars Episode IX will be the last of the episodic films. His feud with Disney isn’t likely to garner him any favors in winning a role. Too bad; I would have been interested to see what he could have brought to Star Wars. Perhaps if Rian Johnson’s trilogy does go forward, there’s still a shot.