Before establishing himself as a comedy acting powerhouse in HBO‘s Peacemaker series, WWE superstar John Cena made a memorable splash in the world of comedy with his cameo in Trainwreck. Directed by Judd Apatow and co-starring Bill Hader, the film hinted at Cena’s comedic potential. However, securing the 16-time world champion’s involvement was no simple task. Cena reportedly demanded a staggering $2.5 million fee for his short yet impactful portrayal of Amy Schumer’s beefy and accidentally homoerotic ex-boyfriend.
Since his initial comedic venture in Trainwreck, John Cena has consistently demonstrated his comedic prowess. He has taken on slapstick roles in movies like Playing with Fire and Blockers, the latter featuring a scene involving a 40-ounce malt liquor and some comedic farting. Despite his lighthearted on-screen antics, Cena remains dedicated to meaningful causes, frequently engaging in Make-A-Wish visits to brighten the lives of others.
In his current role on the beloved comedy show Peacemaker, John Cena continues to captivate audiences with his comedic talents. Looking back, his $2.5 million payday for a comedic performance now seems like a bargain considering the depth of his current endeavors. In contrast, LeBron James’ post-Trainwreck comedy career followed a different trajectory.
John Cena’s journey from the wrestling ring to the silver screen has been marked by a series of films that showcase his diverse acting talents. Beginning with WWE Studios producing his debut movie, The Marine, followed by 12 Rounds, Cena’s cinematic endeavors gained momentum. He expanded into comedy with appearances in Trainwreck, Sisters, and Daddy’s Home, while also exploring roles in films like The Wall, Surf’s Up 2: WaveMania, Ferdinand, Blockers, and Bumblebee. His involvement in the Fast & Furious franchise and James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad further solidified Cena’s position in Hollywood as a versatile and compelling actor.