- Dave Bautista said Daniel Craig didn’t interact much with his “Spectre” costars.
- Bautista played Spectre assassin Mr. Hinx in the James Bond movie.
- The two stars reunited on Rian Johnson’s “Glass Onion,” and Bautista said Craig seemed happier.
Although Daniel Craig finished his tenure as James Bond on a high with “No Time To Die,” it originally seemed like he wouldn’t return after “Spectre,” thanks to a seemingly negative experience filming his fourth outing as 007.
In his most incendiary comment, the star told Time Out that he’d rather “slash my wrists” than return to the role, although he later clarified that he’d finished production the day before the interview and had been away from home for a year.
“Spectre” and “Glass Onion” star Dave Bautista recently spoke to Entertainment Weekly about working with Craig for the second time on Rian Johnson’s “Knives Out” follow-up.
Bautista recalled his time as sharp-suited assassin Mr. Hinx in “Spectre,” noting that he felt Craig was under a lot of pressure on the set of the film.
Bautista said: “He was really put through it on Bond. You could feel that he was under a lot of pressure. He didn’t seem like the happiest person on Bond, but on ‘Glass Onion,’ it was the complete opposite. He was just so much fun, and he was always smiling and happy and interacted a lot more.”
Director Sam Mendes recently explained that he was also under pressure on the sequel, as well as saying that “Skyfall” is a better movie than “Spectre.”
Bautista went on to say that while Craig didn’t interact much with the Bond cast, he thankfully got to know him quite well working on “Glass Onion.”
“On ‘Spectre,’ there wasn’t a whole lot of interaction with the whole cast. But ‘Glass Onion’ was the complete opposite. We were always together. So I got to know him better as a person and actually see him do his thing,” he said.
The star also called Craig’s transformative ability on set a “really weird thing” that he admired.
Bautista added: “It’s amazing because I’m always in awe of people who can transform themselves like that. This is why I wanted to be an actor because I wanted to be that guy. As odd as it sounds — because I look like a fucking gorilla — I wanted to be a chameleon.”
“Glass Onion” premieres on Netflix on December 23.