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John Cena discusses his cameo in Greta Gerwig’s Barbie

John Cena recently opened up about going against his team’s guidance by accepting a cameo in Greta Gerwig’s critically acclaimed film Barbie. Despite reservations from his agency about the role being “beneath” his stature, Cena leaned into the unexpected opportunity. 

John Cena Defied Agency to Embrace Unlikely Role in Barbie

John Cena - Argylle
John Cena – Argylle

According to an interview on The Howard Stern Show, Cena shared that his representatives discouraged his participation due to concerns over diminishing his brand as an action movie star. However, Cena operates with the mindset that “every opportunity is an opportunity” and was drawn to the inventive spirit of Gerwig’s film. 

“I read the script, I tried my hardest to be in the movie. Margot was like, ‘We’ll make you a mermaid. You’ll be in it for half a day.’ Yeah, sure,” he recalled. While understanding his team’s perspective, Cena ultimately stood firm on accepting the cameo: “No we’re going to do it.”

Landing the brief but memorable part required Cena to carefully balance the Barbie shoot around his filming schedule for the next Fast & Furious movie. But his flexibility paid dividends, as the film dominated the box office and landed eight Oscar nominations. Beyond commercial success, Cena’s openness to whimsy has surprised fans familiar with his action-heavyweight status. Rather than play it safe within a comfortable niche, Cena is embracing comedy, quirk, and his acting range.

Cena doubling down on his unconventional choice, despite industry concerns, demonstrates his dedication to fulfilling work over box-office calculations or image management. He operates with curiosity rather than ego, guided by creative fulfillment over franchising his brand.

Upcoming Projects of John Cena

John Cean in Freelance
John Cena in Freelance

Cena will continue showcasing his versatility in 2024, from returning as Peacemaker in the acclaimed HBO Max series to acting alongside Zac Efron in the Prime Video comedy Ricky Stanicky. While his future in Fast & Furious is uncertain after the 10th installment, Cena is clearly relishing the creative freedom of life beyond franchises.

Audiences can continue expecting the unexpected from John Cena, who is embracing comedies and character work rather than chasing action paychecks. 

Barbie is currently available to stream on HBO Max.

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