John Cena is understood for his work ethic as an actor, which was evident when Polygon met him in London for a quick interview for Matthew Vaughn’s new movie Argylle. Cena, his wrestler’s physique filling out a wise three-piece swimsuit, sat upright, made locked-in eye contact, turned on his appreciable charisma, and gave full, considerate solutions — hustling exhausting to advertise a film he has solely a small half in.
A part of that work ethic is having the humility to scrap his preconceptions a couple of position and let his director cleared the path. Cena performs Wyatt, a sidekick to Henry Cavill’s superspy Aubrey Argylle; they’re each fiction-within-a-fiction characters who solely seem in sure “fantasy” sequences within the film. Cena mentioned he took an identical method to working with Vaughn on the film as he took with DC Studios head James Gunn on The Suicide Squad and Peacemaker, after Gunn successfully scrapped all his cautious prep work for the Peacemaker character with a single little bit of route: “Throw all that away and simply be a douchey Captain America.”
Requested which badass motion heroes from the cinematic canon encourage him when he approaches a mission like Argylle, Cena mentioned: “I might provide you with an inventory, however I don’t suppose it applies to Argylle. Argylle is a bizarre and fascinating world. And once more, I did the identical factor once I approached the DC Universe. I don’t wish to fill my head with any biases, as a result of I’m counting on the thoughts of James Gunn, and on this case, the thoughts of Matthew Vaughn. And if I are available with, like, ‘These are the badasses I wish to emulate, that is what I wish to do,’ and he says, ‘Uhhhh…’”
“This occurred to me with James,” Cena mentioned. “OK, no drawback. I acquired it! Studying from that have, I allowed Matthew to curate what he needs. I used to be open to listening to his opinion, after which taking part in inside his goalposts.”
Cena with Henry Cavill and Dua Lipa in Argylle.
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Cena mentioned the scale of his position in Argylle was immaterial to him. He actually needed to work with Vaughn, and he felt it could be disingenuous to place ego-based limits on what that work might be.
“[It was] an opportunity to be on the monitor, as I prefer to say. Simply get me on the monitor,” he mentioned. “Doesn’t matter that it’s an enormous half. That is simply my perspective, however I hate individuals’s notion of, ‘That’s beneath me.’ Who the hell am I to say I’m above something or anybody?
“I similar to an opportunity to have the ability to inform tales. If I actually adore it, I don’t wish to inform a narrative on my phrases; I simply wish to get out on the monitor. So this was an opportunity to work with somebody I mentioned I needed to work with. And I’d be one hell of a hypocrite if I used to be like, ‘I’d like to work with you, however simply on my phrases.’ You already know, alternative exhibits up? Take it.”
Cena is likely to be hoping for a much bigger position in future if Argylle turns right into a franchise, which Vaughn has complicated plans for. Even so, as his performing star rises, his ego-free method to his work stands out.
Argylle is in theaters now.