John Cena opens up about WWE, “the Suicide Squad” and his commitment to make a wish
He stars in Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters, he’s admired by wrestling fans around the world and the guy even raps. Is there something Jean Cena can not do?
Having recently joined the Fast Furious franchisee in F9, Cena continues on his action-packed path playing Peacemaker in The suicide squad, arriving in theaters and airing exclusively on HBO Max this Friday. Cena credits the film’s writer and director James gunn for having initially intrigued him to take on the role.
“I’m a fan of him and his ability to tell stories, especially his ability to take less than the intellectual property (intellectual property) of the superheroes that are on the market and make you care about them. I think what he did with Guardians [of the Galaxy] was absolutely fantastic and I was really interested to see what he had in mind and then we started talking about The suicide squad, we immediately hooked. I think it started there. I did not track The suicide squad. He asked me to be part of his team, so I am very grateful to him.
Gunn recently shared similar words with me about Cena, regarding his on-screen acting abilities and their working relationship, saying, “To be able to see John Cena go to places he’s never been before. , something that got me so excited, I decided to do an entire TV series with him. This series is called Peacemaker, which is slated to air on HBO Max in January 2022. As for Cena alongside seasoned and award-winning Hollywood heavyweights like Viola Davis, Idris Elba and Margot Robbie, he saw this as a valuable learning opportunity for him- even, rather than a moment of intimidation.
“It was that old saying, if you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room,” Cena continues. “Well, I was the dumbest person in the room. The good thing about it is that I have to improve myself every day and I mean, take better and better leaps. Dude, I was so moved by the performances. So many moments that I shared with wonderful actors. Not only did I have a lot of fun and become a member of the DC Universe, but I improved as a professional.
Even with all of his back-to-back Hollywood projects lately, Cena has recently found time to shock WWE Fans when he showed up at Money in the Bank à la carte event on July 18 to announce his return to wrestling and the world stage that first made him known. So why did Cena choose to go back to his roots?
“I didn’t really want to leave in the first place, but I was faced with a bold choice and that bold choice is for you to try another way of entertaining people through movies and TV, but if you take this risk, then you can’t be on WWE at full capacity. Maybe I could speak or I could be an announcer but you can’t participate. You can’t have matches because the insurance companies you related to production. These are very fair terms. This is the first time, like Quick came out of, The suicide squad released on August 6. We just released the trailer for Holiday friends. I have shot films a lot and that’s why I left. This is the first time that I have a break. I have this block of time, so instead of taking a deep breath and letting it all flow, I wanted to go home and see my family in WWE, so I’m back in the ring!
Cena is set for the main event at SummerSlam 2021 takes place on August 21 live from Las Vegas, where he is set to face current WWE Universal Champion holder Roman Reigns. After SummerSlam, when asked if Cena envisioned a realistic future where he would be able to balance his demanding schedule in Hollywood with more WWE games, he said, “Dude, never say never by the way. from WWE. Like I said, I had a month to go and here I am back in a ring. So maybe if I still have a month to catch my breath, I hope to make another visit. I’m gonna have to defend this championship that I win from Roman somehow (wink)! “
With 16 World Championship titles already under his belt (pun intended), the most rewarding part of Cena’s legacy surrounding WWE might actually be the invaluable friendships he has made with critically ill children through out. Make-A-Wish America. According to Make-A-Wish, Cena currently holds another title outside of wrestling with 600 Wishes Granted, making him hands-down the biggest celebrity wish-giver.
So how did this philanthropic twinning finally come about? “Make-A-Wish has a great relationship with WWE,” Cena reveals. “One day in an arena, I was grabbed by the hand and sent off to meet a family, which happens a lot in WWE. There’s a lot of backstage meetups and pre-show stuff. After the meet, I asked who it was and the rep said Make-A-Wish and I didn’t know what Make-A-Wish was. Then they explained the charity and the relationship to me. I said that I wanted to be as involved as possible in this, and the rest is history.
Make-A-Wish America is well aware of the inspiring difference Cena has made in helping them achieve their ongoing mission. Richard K. Davis, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish America even decided to share a few words of gratitude for Cena on behalf of the organization, exclusively for this article saying, “John Cena was kind. to devote his incredibly precious time and talent to making over 600 dreams come true over the years, testifying time and time again to the lasting impact a dream can have on families and children with serious illnesses, even years after the wish has been granted. Some families even attribute to the wish to have helped their child overcome his illness. “
With his Hollywood career, return to WWE, and charity activities at an all-time high right now, John Cena looks to the future, moving forward without regret. “When I look at what I’ve done with my life and it’s good, bad and indifferent, I wouldn’t change a thing. In fact, some of the biggest mistakes have been some of the biggest growth chances. If I could run into my younger self I would just say it’s going to be one hell of a ride and then come out of there before messing up the space-time continuum even more.