Notorious for his success in the wrestling ring, John Cena’s recent pursuits into the world of acting have seen him find a new home: comedy. For his latest outing, family comedy Playing with Fire, Cena plays a straight-laced firefighter who lands out of his depth when tasked with his most challenging job yet – babysitting. A WWE fighter turned actor, playing a firefighter turned impromptu babysitter? We’re on board.
To celebrate Playing With Fire’s DVD release, we’ve outlined five films that prove John Cena is the comedy hero we deserve.
Undoubtedly one of John Cena’s best roles to date, his hilarious take on overprotective dad Mitchell makes up one-third of a trio of parents in Blockers, who set out to stop their daughters losing their virginity on prom night.
The 2018 coming of age hit is full of strong comedic performances from the likes of seasoned pros Leslie Mann and Ike Barinholtz, and Cena more than holds his own alongside them. One highlight is a particularly memorable *ahem* chugging contest scene – but we won’t say any more about that…
One of John Cena’s first transitions to leading roles away from the action genre was as the titular character in 2017 animation Ferdinand. As the sweet-natured bull who wants to be anywhere but the fighting arena, the juxtaposition to Cena’s wrestling roots is almost too perfect. You can’t help but fall in love with the bumbling and charmingly endearing title character, making the film a funny adventure for children and parents alike.
Less for the whole family but definitely one for the parents, John Cena turned up in Amy Schumer’s 2015 rom-com as the hilarious and scene stealing Steven. Although only a minor character in the film, Cena certainly showcases his comedy chops in a big way despite his limited screen time. What’s more, Schumer detailed in a featurette for the film that she in fact did not write most of his lines, so prepare yourself for a feast of very weird, very funny improv by our new comedic hero.
Daddy’s Home and Daddy’s Home 2
A mere few months after joking about looking like Mark Wahlberg ate Mark Wahlberg in Trainwreck, where does John Cena appear? In a movie with the man himself, Mark Wahlberg. And then in 2017, two years after the first instalment, Daddy’s Home returns with more dads (well, granddads) and to our delight, more John Cena. The success of his cameo as character Roger in the first film meant audiences wanted him back for more. And that is exactly what you get, as chaos ensues when ‘cool dad’ Roger is invited on the family holiday trip. We also get to see John Cena dressed as the inn keeper in the nativity which is great on a multitude of levels.
Playing with Fire
In Playing with Fire, Cena comes up against some of the most fearful opponents in his career: children. And if you thought you might never relate to one of WWE’s biggest names, wait until you see him tackling toddlers and toilets. His comedic talents are out in full force as he plays Jake Carson, leader of an elite group of smokejumpers, who are left to care for three siblings after finding them alone in the path of a wildfire. The film sees his character dealing with an unruly teenager, his fire station getting turned upside down and a very dramatic case of ‘boom boom’, as John Cena shows he can deliver humour for kids and adults alike.
Whether he’s playing a highly emotional dad, an animated bull, unlucky in love Steven, cool dad Roger, cool dad Roger AGAIN, or a heroic smokejumper facing a three year old for the first time, John Cena has proved his weight in the comedy arena. And we can’t wait to see where he pops up next.