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John Cena: Acting and wrestling are very different
John Cena thinks wrestling and acting success are “completely different”.
The 44-year-old grappler-turned-actor can understand why people think it would be a smooth transition between professions, but he had to “work as hard as [he] can” in order to make it big in Hollywood.
He said: “Well, the term Hollywood has such a mystique and sheen around it. If you’re good at doing one thing and then you go on to do another – really, that sounds the same, but it’s is a completely different thing.
“If you have any chance of succeeding, you really, really have to prepare as much as you can. And if you feel you don’t have a head start, you just have to put rubber on the road and working your a So that’s kind of where I’m at, dipping my toes into the screen side of entertainment rather than live events.
“And I realize that I have my job to do, and I’m just trying to work as hard as I can to catch up with everybody.”
When promoting ‘The Suicide Squad’, John stunned those working on the film by asking to wear his Peacemaker character’s ‘uniform’, but it was a trick he had learned from his years in WWE in order to be memorable. .
He explained to British magazine GQ: “You know, I learned very early in my WWE career that the biggest characters with the most long-term success – we just put out a show on Peacock called ‘Evil’ , which features eight of WWE’s best “heels” in quotes – and a constant thread running through it all is dedication to character.
“And the reason, like, there’s John Cena’s perception, ‘Oh, he never changes’ – yeah, I don’t. Because that’s the concept of uniformity. And you have to have the feel like you know me. In WWE, you couldn’t catch me in an appearance without denim shorts, sneakers, a t-shirt, a cap and a bunch of wristbands. I was all over it. And the people come to know who you are.
“I was so dedicated to it that the culture of memes went with it, in multiple different varieties: the invisible John Cena meme, the unexpected John Cena meme. And a lot of that is based on being so familiar with the look.
“So in ‘The Suicide Squad,’ you have 20 to 25 characters, and I wanted to make mine familiar.
“So I asked to do all the press in uniform, and they couldn’t believe it.
“But I wanted the public to know who Peacemaker was before I saw Peacemaker. I’m not trying to score on the track in any way, I have no style other than wearing a suit and tie, so might as well wear the costume that people will see on screen and have fun with.”