John Cena doesn’t get the credit he deserves as an actor, especially when it comes to comedy. I think his small part in Trainwreck is one of the comedic highlights of that hilarious film. Blockers is another very funny example, though The Suicide Squad (which I raved about here last year) really was the first time he got to truly merge action and comedy. The result was something that not only succeeded wildly, but inspired James Gunn to make a spinoff show about Cena’s character. With Peacemaker having launched with a very strong first season and hoping for Emmy attention, I recently hopped on the phone with Cena, a few days after talking via Zoom with Gunn (that interview can be found here). We have a really good chat, but as you’ll hear, due to some wonky timing, the interview was actually conducted in a park in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn. So, excuse the unusual nature of the audio, but it makes a unique conversation even more so!
Below, you can hear my discussion with Cena. We talk about Peacemaker and The Suicide Squad plenty, but also about how his pro wrestling career is/was incredible training for those roles. Plus, we have a shared love of the computer game Command & Conquer, as I discovered shortly before the call. So, that led to a nice little bookend to the conversation, as he was clearly delighted to hear it. It’s an informative discussion, as well as one full of laughter, especially towards the end. I hope you all enjoy, and if you haven’t discovered Peacemaker yet, check it out on HBO Max. It’s a demented delight, and that’s putting it mildly…
Here now is my interview with Peacemaker star John Cena. Enjoy:
Peacemaker is available to stream on HBO Max!