John Cena has recalled the advice that his former on-screen rival Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson gave him that helped him break into Hollywood.
In recent years The Rock has become one of Hollywood’s leading men, building a career that led him to become the highest-paid actor in the world.
John Cena has since followed in his footsteps as he has moved away from his in-ring WWE career to making movies and TV series. The 16-time champion of the world is currently starring in HBO Max’s Peacemaker series which sees Cena revive his character from The Suicide Squad movie.
Speaking to GQ, John Cena gave his thoughts on The Rock’s career and how without Dwayne Johnson, the barriers keeping wrestlers from becoming major movie stars may have never come down:
“As far as Dwayne Johnson’s trajectory is concerned, he’s broke down so many stereotypes, shattered so many barriers. He allowed the outside public to be like, ‘Yeah, these WWE guys, they may be on to something.’ None of those opportunities happen without him.”
Cena continued, revealing that his WrestleMania 28 and 29 opponent offered him some words of advice ahead of his audition for the movie, Trainwreck:
“The audition process is scary for me like it is for most people. It is a business of failure. You’ve gotta be used to getting told you’re not the right fit, and I really wanted this one. And, deadpan, Dwayne was just like, ‘Just be yourself, man. They called you in for a reason. Just be who you are.’ And I was.”