Baitista wants to be treated like a serious actor as opposed to an entertainer.
In a new interview with Tampa Bay Times, Dave explains:
"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."
"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. Would I consider him a great actor? F*ck no."
"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."