See Dave Bautista Frighten M. Night Shyamalan

Dave Bautista scares M. Night Shyamalan on the Knock at the Cabin red carpet with one simple action.

By Jonathan Klotz | Published

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For a man that started his career on television carrying the collection box for D.Von Dudley, Dave Bautista has come a long way. At the recent premiere for his latest film, A Knock at the Cabin, Bautista achieved a new career goal: scaring M. Night Shyamalan. Getting one of the most successful thriller directors in history to panic in public with a simple knock is impressive.

IGN caught the weird moment on camera of a completely silent Dave Bautista moving in behind the director and banging on a wooden door as only a former WWE Champion can do. As one of the onlookers points out once everyone started to collect themselves, “that was a real knock at the cabin.” Pranking co-stars on the red carpet is a time honored tradition that includes the famous meme image of Jason Momoa sneaking up on Henry Cavill.

M. Night Shyamalan and Dave Bautista spent a long time working together on A Knock at the Cabin, based off of the novel The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul G. Tremblay. The Guardians of the Galaxy star plays Leonard, the leader of a strange group of four people that force a couple, played by Jonathan Goff and Ben Aldridge, to decide who in their family gets to die in order to stave off the apocalypse. Rupert Grint, Niki Amuka-Bird, and Abby Quinn play the rest of the strangers with Kristen Cui as the couple’s adopted daughter.

Dave Bautista has recently mentioned in interviews that he’s excited to enter a new career phase. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor said of his post-MCU plans “I just don’t know if I want Drax to be my legacy — it’s a silly performance and I want to do more dramatic stuff.” Starring in M. Night Shymalan’s second R-rated film is definitely a dramatic turn and while fans won’t see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 for a few more months, the star is done being painted green.

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Dave Bautista in Knock at the Cabin

Bringing to life Drax the Destroyer, a D-list Marvel character at the time, helped get Dave Bautista noticed by Hollywood. Famously, before landing the role, he was nearly broke but followed the advice from fellow wrestler-turned-actor “Stone Cold” Steve Austin to remember his worth. Instead of starring in Michael Bay action films Bautista has found his niche in quieter performances.

One of the most memorable members of the all-star ensemble assembled in Glass Onion, Dave Bautista also stole scenes as a licensed medical professional in Hotel Artemis with Jodie Foster and Jeff Goldblum. Making a jump into comedy, Bautista starred in Stuber and My Spy, before finding himself in a second sci-fi series, Dune. Refusing to star in direct-to-DVD action films while starting out is now paying dividends for the in-demand actor.

Dave Bautista has had an acting career that might make him the second most successful wrestler turned actor after Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Little moments, from embracing the meme of his head in Glass Onion to scaring one of his directors on the red carpet, show a man that has grown comfortable in his skin and where he’s at in his career.