John Cena on Transformers spin-off: I could have even played Bumblebee's spare tyre

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 19 December 2018, 04:13 PM
John Cena states he could have even played Bumblebee's spare tyre (Photo: Twitter)
John Cena states he could have even played Bumblebee's spare tyre (Photo: Twitter)

John Cena who will be seen next in the science fiction, Transformers spin-off, as Agent Burns cannot contain his excitement and has a lot more to say for featuring in the film. The WWE star turned actor said that he would have accepted his role in a heartbeat even if his role be a spare tyre. Although, director, Travis Knight, of course, had something bigger planned for beefy star. Cena plays Lieutenant Jack Burns, a hardened military officer who has a grudge against the Transformers. Regarding his excitements for his role in Bumblebee, Cena has a lot more to say "I read it and immediately it was like the joke's on him and him (Knight and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura). I could have played Bumblebee's spare tyre.

"I just wanted to be in the movie. And in the initial conversation with Travis we were able to converse about the passion we both had for the movies," Cena told PTI when asked about his constant attempt to break his established image.

The WWE star, who just promoted the science fiction movie went on, "I just want to do good stuff. And before I was thrown into a lot of action movies 'coz it was a good business model. It wasn't a good business model 'coz those movies were failures. My heart was in the live entertainment business. And then after years in live entertainment business, I asked myself, 'Why do I keep going back?'

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"It wasn't the falls, it's the ability to tell stories. So, I was grateful and lucky enough to get like another chance in the movies. And I gravitated towards the good stuff... I read it and felt like 'You know what, I'm gonna do this.'"

Cena, 41, said Amy Schumer's romcom Trainwreck (2015) was a turning point in his career.

"It was 'Trainwreck'. And after that I was lucky enough to ride away. It was an opportunity for me, they were all small stuff, small parts. But like 'Whoa! This is a good read. I'll do this'. And then 'Bumblebee' came by," he said.

Cena also opened up to taking on more roles in the coming future, teasingly stating that he might play "a nerd". He said he does not view the parts he has played - be it his Hollywood debut "The Marine", critically-acclaimed "Blockers" or the first "Transformers" spin-off, "Bumblebee". He sees them as a good read.

"Maybe, I don't know. I know that I'm gonna love when I read it. Everyone has got their process but for me it is super important...To me, it's all about doing what you love and loving what you do. I'm trying to take some chances. But I don't view them as chances because (the scripts are like books that) I can't put down," he said.

Cena said he is ready to rap with the audience and critics till they are convinced to give his films another go, even when they first don't like them. "Making movies is long process. Travis said it took us two-and-a-half years with 'Bumblebee'. But you're not done when you're done. You have to go out and see it," he said.

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 "So if you don't like it and you do it for the business of it all and I've been there, it makes this stuff tough. But when you really do like it, even when we are not playing with great stuff, because you guys like it. But even if you don't, I'll rap with you all day and hopefully, you'll wind up going 'Hmm maybe I was wrong, I'm gonna check it out again'," he quipped.

In a press conference, the actor hoped Bumblebee becomes a tremendous global success and something that is not limited to the United States or China - two major markets for Hollywood franchise films. "I think this is a story that resonates with all audiences and due to the fact that 'Bumblebee' can't speak, a lot of it transcends languages and it will be translated," he said.

Bumblebee is scheduled to release on January 4, 2019. The film is fronted by Hailee Steinfeld, who plays Charlie Wilson, a headstrong vulnerable teenager who befriends Bumblebee.

First Published: Wednesday, December 19, 2018 04:10 PM
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