With writer-director by James Gunn Peacemaker now streaming on HBO Max, I recently spoke with John Cena to make the fantasy series. During the interview, he talked about filming the opening credits, how the fight sequence in his underwear was physically painful due to his inability to hide pads on the floor or in his costume. , Peacemaker’s relationship with Eagly, and more. Additionally, he spoke of the success of holiday friends and how excited he was to work with Matthew Vaughn on the next spy movie Argyle.
As most of you know, Peacemaker picks up after the events of The Suicide Squad. The movie’s post-credit scene showed how the anti-hero survived Idris Alba |‘s Bloodsport shot at the throat and how Viola Davis‘ Amanda Waller still wasn’t done using it in her mysterious plans. Gunn wrote all eight episodes of the series and is directing five of the series episodes. Management will also be Jody Hill, Rosemary Rodriguez, and Brad Anderson.
In addition to Cena’s return as a peacemaker, the series will also see the return of The Suicide Squadit is by Steve Agee John Economos and Jennifer HollandIt’s Emilie Harcourt. Peacemaker also stars Freddie Stroma the watchman, Danielle Brooks like Leota Adebayo, Chukwudi Iwuji like Clemson Murn, and Robert Patrick as Peacemaker’s father.
Watch what John Cena had to say in the player above, or you can read the transcript below.
COLLIDER: First off, congratulations on Peacemaker. It is very good.
JOHN CENA: Oh, thank you, man. Thank you.
But I’m friends with Matthew Vaughn, and he told me he was really impressed with your work on Argyle. He said very positive things about you. So I just have to ask you, what was it like working with him?
CENA: Man, I’m a huge fan of his work. He’s probably a bigger fan of Kingsman than me, but I’m a big fan. The script was amazing, and to be asked to be part of a project like that is a dream come true. We talk a lot, almost every time we talk I express that I don’t know what’s happening or why it’s happening, and I’m just grateful for everything that’s happening. I do not know what to say. It’s a dream come true.
I can’t wait because he’s doing action… And it’s also Brad Allen’s last project to be action director, but we’ll talk about that later. jump in Peacemaker, what made you more nervous, when James told you about the opening credits and what you would do, or the whole fight sequence in your underwear?
CENA: Both. The fight sequence in the underwear had its own set of setbacks. I loved the combat sequence in underwear because what a symbol of vulnerability and what a symbol of humanization of someone that you only see in a helmet, a uniform. I love that look in there. But then the negative is not a pad. So as for the stunts, Spencer Thomas is an absolute stallion. He’s the guy who took a lot of big stuff, including jumping off a building. But this area is about as close to a ring as you’re going to get, so I was also adamant about wanting to do a lot of this fight myself. The only problem is you can’t hold on to a hardwood floor and it really hurts when you fall because there’s nowhere to hide a pad which is a big part of why you see actors wear long sleeves.
The Peacemaker’s short-sleeved suit itself has a lot of setbacks when it comes to doing really tough stunts because you just can’t put pads in the places you’re trying to land, like your elbows, your shoulder for example, your forearms, your wrists. The opening dance number, I can’t dance. So I was nervous and I was like, “I’m not going to be good at this.” So you dive into this philosophical question of “Am I enough?” Being self-aware enough to address the concept of, “Well, am I enough? I’m not going to be good at this.” They’re all going to laugh at you, to quote Adam Sandler. You know what? I really enjoyed the concept and it’s super weird and everyone who sees it is like, “Yo, that made me forget about the intro skip button.” So, mission accomplished, and it was a step to follow the example. “Hey, this is something you’re not going to be good at. You’re going to have to work hard for it. It’s not going to be easy, but hopefully in the end it will be okay.” And it was.
I watched seven of the eight episodes and every time the credits played I just had a big smile on my face because it was so good. Also the Wig Wam song.
CENA: Yes. I also think his polarity changes over the episodes. Sometimes it’s like John Cena’s horns, the theme music, because it’s such a great ballad and it really starts like that. And there are times when it’s oddly sad and melancholy to be such a bizarre ballad. The dance tone takes you on a different ride because of what you just saw and what you are about to see. So he also has chameleon tendencies and I appreciate that.
I told James, I asked him if there was a long version and he said no, and I was ready to leave the interview in a rage. But whatever.
CENA: I think James squeezed all the water out of that rock that he could.
It’s so good though. I can’t wait for people to see it. Talk a bit about your relationship with Eagly because obviously it’s amazing and the fans are going to love it and there’s a lot of emotion with a character.
CENA: Of course. I think that’s very important in a lot of dynamics. First off, Eaglely is a scene stealer, no doubt. He has personality and his quirky character, certainly more feline than canine, but straight to the point from Peacemaker’s point of view, Eagly is Peacemaker’s best friend and that says a lot about the human relationships Peacemaker has allowed himself. having. I think that’s a big part of why his worldview is perhaps the way it is. So just from that perspective, I think Eaglely is very important. Eagly, like I said, is an integral part of the team and a scene stealer, but he’s also Peacemaker’s best friend, which is wonderful at times. When you get hugged by an eagle, he’s a magic man. But it also says a lot about Peacemaker’s life and how he lives his life.
Obviously you play Peacemaker on The Suicide Squad. It’s a completely different dynamic of making a film. You sometimes have days to film a sequence. When you do Peacemaker, obviously the schedule is much shorter and it’s much faster because it’s a television series. What was it like playing to do your first series like this?
CENA: Oh, it was a pleasure. Never once did we feel rushed and we were never late, even with COVID restrictions, and this was right in the thick of it all. Everyone came prepared. I think everyone knew it was going to be a lot of work, but it was the job of the whole cast, both on camera and behind the camera, the crew, everyone had fun. It started from day one, me dancing in my underwear, and it was a tidal wave after that. I think the main difference was that you had to see a flash of the character in The Suicide Squad, and then you can kind of stick around for a long trip and really lean into the character.
And I know the cool thing is that not everyone was happy with Peacemaker after The Suicide Squad. A lot of people were like, “Why are you giving that asshole his own show? That guy’s not a nice guy.” But I also find it interesting because if you look deeper into the performance of The Suicide Squad, there are these nuanced microsecond human moments, which show potential. Potential for growth, potential for development, potential for exploration, which is really good when you’re trying to put together an eight-episode TV series.
Were you a little surprised at the success of holiday friends?
CENA: I was. I had a blast making the film. I pretty much have to be on vacation and enjoying it, but comedy is tough. It really is. What you think is funny, someone else may not find it funny. We have a great group of people to make this film. Clay Tarver, the director wrote the movie and it’s a funny SOB. And certainly, Rel and Yvonne and Meredith and everyone involved in the casting. We have a great group together. We all had fun doing it. But man, I’m so much more nervous about comedy than something like a superhero business because it’s a lot more accepted like, “Okay, uniform, superpower, association with Marvel or DC, I understand in somehow.” So that’s our funny. It’s so open to interpretation. I was very pleasantly surprised by the success of holiday friends, because man, it was a lot of fun. Yes, it was a pleasant surprise. I know they are writing a sequel and I can’t wait to do another one.
Listen man, congratulations on everything. I only wish you the best.
CENA: Oh, thank you. It’s good to talk to you again.
The film is one of many produced under the “South Park” creators’ deal with ViacomCBS.
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