Every week of the year (and if you watch Monday Night Raw, you know I mean EVERY week), he thunderously talks down his opponents, salutes the crowd, and delivers a patented “F.U.” on just about any one he goes up against. Consider that, and it’s no wonder WWE superstar John Cena jumped at the chance to appear in a movie that allowed him to take it down a notch.
In Legendary, a family drama that opens this Friday (Sept. 10), the wrestler leaves his sneaker pumps behind and channels his inner Mr. Miyagi by playing a man who battles inner demons, and trains his younger brother in high school wrestling to overcome being bullied. The role is more complex than that, and contrasts with his in-ring persona and two previous film efforts (The Marine and 12 Rounds). For starters, Cena’s not the lead – he’s part of an ensemble that features heavyweights Patricia Clarkson and Danny Glover.
I spoke with Cena in New York City last week, and found him to be a humble guy, who has embraced acting but still puts the squared circle first. See him below, and see what he says about his new film, acting in general, and whether he’ll appear in The Expendables 2.