Things You Might Not Know About John Cena
1. Becoming an Actor
John Cena’s film career began back in 2000 when he was given an uncredited role in the film Ready to Rumble, but after his success in the WWE reached its peak, the entertainment mega-company decided to put him as a leading man in movies such as The Marine and 12 Rounds. As it turns out, Cena wasn’t fond of their decision and as he has become quite the scene stealer in films like Trainwreck, Sisters, Daddy’s Home and Blockers. More recently, he has admitted he is only really comfortable with acting now. “Originally my film career was a direction from upper management in WWE—like, ‘Hey, go do movies.’ Originally what I wanted my film career to be was an extension of the WWE business model. I understood,” he said. “WWE studios opened in 2003/2004, they began to film movies, and the model of the business was, ‘If we can make our stars bigger stars, they will come to see WWE.’ Well, that’s what I wanted, but I didn’t want to go do movies,” Cena said of not being a fan of acting back then. “The process of making a movie is so different. It takes a long time, it takes a lot of people, and there’s nobody cheering you on. As a younger man I really was drawn, and still am, to the dynamic of a live audience, and the live experience of ‘Just out there and see what happens.’” Now, he said he loves doing “morning shows and tonight show bits,” as well as hosting and the multiple movies he has been a part of and is finally ready for acting to take on a bigger part in his life. “I think I’m just drawn to the creative process. Now with more experience and a more comfortable feeling in my own right in WWE, I’m confident enough to use those skills elsewhere,” he explained.