WWE superstar John Cena was recently interviewed by The Metro to promote his new movie “The Wall” and spoke on several subjects involving wrestling, real life and acting.
Here are some highlights:
Why he can’t do movies and wrestle at the same time:
I would do both at the same time, but the movie guys are a little weird with their insurance. They don’t want me to go smashing my face up. [Laughs] I’m excited for all the opportunities outside the WWE ring, only because it raises awareness of the WWE. I take great pride in my profession, but I’m very aware of the perception of it. I think a lot of people think we are just what we are, and that’s it. There’s nothing wrong with that. But there are plenty of talented people who travel with the WWE and produce wonderful entertainment every week. We do live sports entertainment, and it’s like no other. To be able to do stuff like this outside of the norm and for people to say, “Wow, that’s pretty good,” that bodes well for getting more eyes on the ring.
People respecting wrestling more and more:
More and more. And a lot of our methods of entertainment are being adopted by both mainstream sports and mainstream entertainment. If you look at how ESPN has shifted its content, the way shows feature a lot of argumentative debate rather than informative sports reporting, then sports borrows a lot from the WWE. I’m very happy to see it, and I think that’s what leading to more understanding of what we do and respecting it.
The Wall being more different then recent films and capturing the intensity of being a solider:
It’s very intense, yet it’s mundane. It’s one of those things where you have to have your senses heightened at all times. But in the same breath, it’s so much waiting around. They could be sitting around for months on end, and all of a sudden they get a call and they’ve got to go. Keep in mind what these people in uniform are doing: They’re protecting the freedoms of the U.S.A. Often times we lose focus of that. And man, this is a powerful example of just how intense conflict can be. Not even addressing any sort of political stance, I have great respect for our servicemen and women and for what they sign up to do. There’s no draft anymore, so every person who stands up and takes a weapon does so voluntarily.
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