Batista has snagged some great acting roles in his career so far, but he could never land a part on the Walking Dead. He really wanted a chance to act in a world ravaged by zombies.
While speaking to Empire, Batista was on the set of the Army Of The Dead. He revealed that the Walking Dead was always a dream job for him, but they continually couldn’t make thins line up. He was even willing to work for free, but they didn’t think it was a good idea.
“I’m a zombie fan. I tried to get on Walking Dead for years. I said I would come and play a zombie for free, but they said, ‘You’re too big!’ And with Snyder’s genre mash-up – promising scares, action, and heist-thriller twists and turns – he found something that stood out in the long-established genre. For me, there had to be something special about a zombie film for me to sign up. What sets us apart is the heist. But there’s a whole bunch of different layers to this film.”
Zombies are cool, but Batista has plenty of great parts that he has in the pipeline. It might have been interesting to see The Animal as a zombie as well. It’s too bad that he didn’t really meet the height requirements for a free background zombie.