We’ve seen the backlash to HBO’s Confederate, a planned alternate-history drama by Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss along with Nichelle Tramble Spellman and Malcolm Spellman set in a fractured United States where there have been multiple Civil Wars and slavery is still legal.
But Dave Bautista, star of the movie Bushwick, has found himself “unnerved” by his own movie. Filmed in 2015 and first unveiled at the Sundance Film Festival in January, the movie’s synopsis is as follows:
When Lucy steps off the subway, she walks into an utter bloodbath on the streets of Brooklyn’s Bushwick neighborhood. Texas is attempting to secede from the Union, and militia forces have descended upon New York City to claim it as an East Coast base of operations and negotiation tool. Lucy takes shelter in Stupe’s basement, a burly war veteran who reluctantly agrees to help her traverse the treacherous five-block stretch to reach her destination.
It is kind of scary, because this was made well before our political change and the way things have turned out, and here we have this film that focuses on the modern day Civil War. It is kind of terrifying. When we were filming it, I never would have thought. And now, the ways things are going and the way the country has become so separated, it’s like, man, is this really that farfetched?
Bautista also blasted his own performance in the film:
I am always my own worst critic. I never felt like I got through a take where I was like ‘Yes! That was it!’ And that’s the challenge. You go. You shoot it. And you only have so many chances, so if you don’t nail it, you don’t nail it. Too bad. We have to move on. I am not extremely proud of my performance. I feel like I get better with every project. I am a learning-on-the-job actor. And now, looking back at Bushwick, because we filmed it in 2015, I feel like if I could do it again, I would do this different and that different.
Though he does admit that effort should count for something:
But, at the same time, I poured my heart out into the film. It really was a labor of love for everyone involved. Not a whole lot of money went into this film. It is just what we put into it. Having said that, I am extremely proud of that we did.
Directed by Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion and starring Bautista, Brittany Snow, Angelic Zambrana, Jeff Lima, Paco Lozano, and Christian Navarro, Bushwick opens in theaters on August 25. Go and check it out and see if you like it better than Dave Bautista did.