Despite company advice, John Cena insists he will be the focus of ‘Barbie’ movie

John Cena made a bold defiance against his own agency’s advice, as he took on a mermaid role in the Oscar-nominated film, ‘Barbie.’

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In a surprising turn of events, wrestling sensation turned Hollywood actor John Cena ignored his agency’s reservations and took on a minor role in Greta Gerwig’s Oscar-nominated film, Barbie.

Despite his agency’s concerns about the role potentially hindering his career opportunities, Cena asserted, “I’m not a commodity. I’m a human being, and I operate under the construct of every opportunity is an opportunity.”


Cena’s manager was apprehensive about the actor’s involvement in the film. He considered the small size of his part compared to other major characters.

During an appearance on The Howard Stern Show, Cena shed light on the agency’s perspective.

He stated, “[The agency is] just going on what they know. And what they know is, ‘This entity, this commodity gravitates toward these things, we should stay in this lane.’”

However, Cena, known for his resilience, decided to go against the agency’s advice according to The Hollywood Report.

He expressed his belief in the philosophy that good work begets more opportunities.

Despite filming for Fast X, Cena was determined to be a part of Barbie.

When he connected with Margot Robbie, the film’s star and producer, she devised a solution.


This offered Cena a unique role as a mermaid for just half a day.

Reflecting on the agency’s initial resistance, John Cena acknowledged their concerns about the role being beneath him.

Nevertheless, he emphasized that, ultimately, the decision was his to make. “But all they can do is offer their guidance. They’re not ultimately making the choice,” Cena remarked.


Barbie went on to become the biggest movie of 2023, securing eight Oscar nominations, including Best Picture.

This solidified Cena’s decision to follow his instincts. The actor’s willingness to take on unconventional roles showcases his dedication to the craft and his belief that every opportunity, regardless of size, is a stepping stone to greater things.

John Cena’s journey from wrestling rings to Hollywood sets continues to be a testament to his determination and commitment to breaking barriers in the entertainment industry.

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