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The Walking Dead: Dave Bautista Asked Repeatedly to Be on The Walking Dead, But Was Denied

Published on February 16th, 2021 | Updated on February 16th, 2021 | By FanFest

Guardians of the Galaxy star, Dave Bautista, recently revealed that he pitched “for years” to be on The Walking Dead.

The actor plays Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy and the wider MCU and, speaking recently, revealed a previous interest in starring in the apocalyptic AMC series free of charge, but was knocked back because of his “too big” frame.

“I’m a zombie fan,” he told Empire.  “I tried to get on [The] Walking Dead for years. I said I would come and play a zombie for free, but they said, ‘You’re too big!'”

As well as recently wrapping filming on Thor: Love and Thunder, Bautista can next be seen living out his zombie genre fantasy in Army of the Dead.

Army of the Dead is directed by Zack Snyder, the Netflix movie follows a group of mercenaries who, following a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas, venture into the quarantine zone to rob a casino.

The film also stars Ella Purnell and Fear the Walking Dead’s Garret Dillahunt but, in spite of those obvious Walking Dead comparisons and links, Bautista recently revealed he initially turned the movie down.

“I said I wasn’t interested,” he told EW.  “I had this chip on my shoulder and was looking for juicy [dramatic roles]. Then I read the script and it was a lot deeper and had more layers than I thought. And also, to be quite frank, I wanted to work with Zack.”

Army of the Dead will arrive on Netflix this summer.

The Walking Dead returns to AMC on February 28. What do you think about Bautista as a walker? It would have been pretty cool!

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