John Cena Opens Up About Ferdinand MovieWhen we sat with John Cena during our press trip to Las Vegas, John opened up about taking on the role of a gentle giant who loves to stop and smell the flowers, a character he has more in common with than we ever expected.
The team sought me out because I have a powerful voice and they wanted somebody larger than life, yet at the same time somebody you could sit down and have a conversation with. It's very endearing, not just a guy who'll break through the wall and be like, “All right, let's save the day.” What you see certainly is me, but I just couldn't think of a better way to kind of tell my story through their story.
You have this big, enormous, softhearted, loving individual who, if you just look at him, you'd be like, “All right, don't want to pick a fight with him at the end of the bar.” But it's so much more than don't let yourself go there. Don't just become that because that's what people perceive you as. Ferdinand knows who he is the whole time, but also with his influence, he takes a group of eclectic folks and lets them see, “Wow, there's more to life than what people just may see me as.”