John Cena is without a shadow of a doubt one of the biggest, if not the biggest, name in professional wrestling history - and he's steadily making a name for himself in the world of acting as well.
The 16-time WWE World Champion has solidified himself as one of the premiere names in the professional wrestling industry's history, side-by-side with the likes of Hulk Hogan, Stone Cold Steve Austin, and even The Rock.
It seems that over the past few years, however, Cena's professional wrestling career has begun to play second fiddle to his aspirations to become an actor, similar to what The Rock went through back in 2003.
"The Leader Of The Cenation" has starred in many big-named films and has made cameo appearances in various projects as well. He recently spoke with Al Arabiya English to talk about his acting career, and revealed who gave him the push to become an actor.
It turns out it was actually the WWE who got in Cena's ear and started off the process (quotes via Wrestling Inc.):
"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.
"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.
"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'.
"But 15 years of telling stories in the WWE ring, the constant passion, loving my job every day, I began to ask why.
"As a young man, I didn't have the perspective. It was, 'Oh, because I want to be champion, and I want to do this or that!' Now, after all these years, it's like, why do I still love this?
"I love telling stories, man. I love telling stories. That's something that I didn't enjoy on multiple platforms in 2005-2006.
"Now you can see I enjoy helping with morning shows, doing tonight show bits, hosting, doing R-rated comedies, doing family movies, still doing WWE, being on reality TV.
"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."
What are your thoughts on WWE being the driving force behind John Cena's initial movie career? Do you think this is something WWE regrets now that Cena is a part-time talent and is focusing more of his time on outside ventures? Or is it good for the company to have such a huge name in pop culture representing them and their brand? Have YOUR say in the comments section below, and the fourth episode of GiveMeSport’s WWE podcast is here!
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