Half-Filipino Hollywood actor David Bautista said that those who perpetrate Asian hate crimes are living in the past.
In an interview with Yahoo Entertainment to promote “Army of the Dead,” Bautista also said he just wasn’t raised to hate people over superficial matters. Bautista’s appearance in a major motion picture is timely given reports of numerous hate crimes perpetrated against Asian-Americans in the US.
“I don’t get prejudice, I don’t get bigotry,” he said.
“I just wasn’t raised with it. It’s so foreign to me why people are so hateful over such superficial things…..and I think you know, it’s a weird thing man – I think there’s more people pushing back than there are people (who) just want to be stuck in the past,” Bautista added.
He also said he was proud of his Filipino lineage.
“I’m very proud of my heritage……I’m very vocal about it,” Bautista, who was born in Washington D.C. and sports a tattoo of the Philippine flag on his shoulder, said.
“Army of the Dead” debuts on May 21, 2021 as the United States is lifting coronavirus restrictions. It was directed by Zack Snyder and also stars Ella Purnell, Ana de la Reguera and Omari Hardwick.
Bautista said the Netflix and Snyder were sending a strong message on those responsible for Asian hate crimes with the diverse cast of “Army of the Dead.”
“We have actors from all walks of life, backgrounds and color with a killer movie,” he said.
Bautista will also be starring in the “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3.” It was his role as Drax the Destroyer in the first Guardians series that served as Bautista’s ticket to stardom. SOVEREIGNPH