The New York Times recently posted an article talking about the success of pro wrestlers, The Rock, Bautista, John Cena, and Edge are having in the acting world.
The article features a few interesting quotes from Cena and Edge:
Edge on pro wrestling vs. acting: ““From the time I can remember, I wanted to be a wrestler. Acting was never an aspiration of mine. (With acting) I’m still laughing at the end of a 14-hour day. Before, at the end of a 14-hour day, I’m driving to the next town after having just fallen off a ladder. Now I get to go back to a trailer where there’s a meal waiting for me? Yeah, I can handle that.”
Cena on his future in acting: “I have a very good mutual understanding with my boss that I don’t ever want to leave; I really like it in the ring. I try to pick opportunities that don’t take me away from WWE for too long. I try to do opportunities that can really help expand our audience and bring new eyes to our product.”
Cena on how he got the part in Trainwreck: “When I walked into the audition with Amy Schumer and Judd Apatow, I had studied the script, so I knew the words. Then Judd goes, ‘Throw the script away and just talk about whatever.’ Amy is quick-witted. We had a nice exchange and it was like, ‘Yeah, O.K., he’s more than just a big guy.’”
Tina Fey who co-stars with Cena and is kind of known as an elitist snob, complimented John Cena’s work as she looked down on pro wrestling, “His character is a guy who shows up to a party to sell us drugs, and he just opens his mouth and gave this two-minute-long list of all the kinds of drugs he had and what they did and what they could do to you, none of it was scripted. He’s just a fantastically funny improviser. If you said anything, he was perfectly ready to react to it. That was a wonderful surprise.
Wrestling was always campy, but I definitely think that Dwayne Johnson broke out of that, and no one really thinks of him as just a wrestler anymore. John is on the same path if he wants to be.”
What is your favorite acting role by a pro wrestler?