Here is where I see it. The question was is John Cena a hypocrite? If John Cena was Hollywood worthy at his first movie, would he have gone to Hollywood? Let's go with the Marine which came out in 2006 if I am correct? Where was John Cena? He was in the Title Picture, he was loving his life doing what he wanted to do. He loved wrestling. Anyone who would've left either was at the end of their career or they didn't see themselves going anywhere or they didn't care enough about wrestling. The Rock loved wrestling, it was his soul. At the end of his career, he saw that he had a chance to go to Hollywood. He saw that a new era was rising and he passed on the torch. He thought that it was time for him to leave and go on to different things. The Rock wanted to go and be a movie star, but he still loved wrestling. John Cena never wanted to do that. Who knows, maybe in a few years he might want to do that. But at the moment of his first movie and as of right now, John Cena would rather be in no other place but in the WWE
Well, no offense but your response just show your that you never lack of knowledge on the matter or The Rock interviews when he was starting,He always, always claimed he wanted to go to Hollywood and that it was his plan all along, not to be an actor per se but to "expand his horizons towards Hollywood", that the logical next step for him was going to Hollywood, and that it was his plan along, He and Vince planned it that way according to those interviews right after he filmed The Mummy Returns.
He never said F*ck wrestling, He always claimed Wrestling was and will always be his first love, but that he wanted to dedicate himself to his new career and that was after he left in 2003, which was a Huge Mistake from the WWE because the Rock didn't quit or anything, The contract ran out and even Vince knew they screwed up because it was said at the Wrestlemania party he was apologizing to the Rock, who didn't pursued a renewal after that.
Look for those ET bits from 1999 and check them by yourself, and just so you know, since Hogan Vince has always wanted to put most of his big stars into acting, the more diversity for them to have the better for him, He even tried that with Austin filming Nash Bridges as a regular character until the canceled the show.
If he planned it or not, you can't really check that, but in every interview afterward they make sure to make believe he was going to.
And the role that actually give him credibility was not with him as a lead actor, after having moderated success as a lead he played a secondary role in a movie with John Travolta, that was the role that showed that no matter what part he played, he could make most of it, actually he played a gay actor/thugh in the movie Get Shorty I believe.
And on the other hand, John Cena has had his fair share of opportunities to either leave or to be part time actor and part time wrestler and well he never took it, and it could either be because of his position in the company as main eventer or passion for the business, pick your poison.
In that regard he has being intelligent, in a time in which Action Heros are not really getting much to do unless it is a big character and that also has its pros and cons, he has relied on his wrestling career more than anything.
Is he an hypocrite? Maybe, maybe not but one thing is certain, he is not as interested into becoming a actor as the Rock was in his prime.
cena seems to legitimietly love wwe
-Austin was a "guest star" on a tv show,hardly the same thing as the Rock getting top billing and starring in major motion pictures. Hogan and others are in the same boat. No star in their time had that kind of buzz or recognition as the Rock,not even Hogan, not Austin, no one. Austin,also by and large did the same thing as the Rock,but to much lesser success. Why doesn't Cena come out and call Austin out for only showing up once or 2wice a year? Cuz he'd probably slap the shit out of him. The Rock got his break in the Mummy 2 and he got his first big role in Scorpion King. He then went on to star in the Run-Down and did Get Shorty after. His range in Get Shorty let him break out of the "action hero" typecast and let him venture into Disney movies(which,while campy,were still hits)
-John Cena was a monumental failure as an action hero, his movies sucked,every single one of them. So he wasn't "intelligent" he was a stupendous failure as an action hero. Sure the days of action hero films are gone,but the Rock actually kept his career alive by expanding his range. Cena didn't "choose" not to be a movie star, he knows he can't cut it as one. The WWE knew as well,so they tried with Dibiase,HHH and others. There's no argument that he focused on his WWE career,and is dedicated to his job. However,it still stands, if he had the same opportunity and ability as the Rock,I bet he'd taken it.
So you agree with me? Because if your trying sarcasm,that isn't your strong suit "pally." For the Rock to be taken seriously as an actor,he needed to distance himself from pro wrestling. That's a fact. That's what every cross over medium entertainer needs to do. Does Austin talk about feuding with Vince McMahon when promoting his movies? Does Foley do standup routines about trying to do dropkicks or keeping a sock in his crotch? Does Mickey James make country records about wristlocks and ddts? The same thing in the WWE,they don't take any of your work outside their company to consideration,even if it's wrestling related,and god forbid they promote one of their superstars as a multi-genre entertainer. And honestly, for a guy who's previous career is considered a male soap opera,why wouldn't he distance himself from a specific image to be taken seriously as an ACTOR. So to be taken as a serious actor, he had to be "through with it." Especially when you consider his falling out with Vince over the use of his name etc. it's not hard to think he wanted nothing to do with the WWE for a few years,as alot of great wrestlers have done in their careers,specifically because of Vince McMahon.
Also, Cena never had to say "I'm an actor now, not a wrestler anymore" because the WWE has been coddling him since day one. He never was a REAL actor. He was a wwe superstar in a wwe movie. Why the hell would he have to leave? They'd do everything(and DID) to accomodate his shooting schedule,so he could still show up and put on mediocre matches and spout tired corny catch phrases. If Cena COULD make it as a real actor,he'd have to face the same decisions. Without the WWE safety harness keeping him protected in case he failed.
The hypocrisy is this, since Cena wanted to be an actor(why make 2 movies and a third on the way if you don't?) isn't it sorta hypocritical for him to take shots at the Rock,when, in order to succeed as an actor,he'd probably have done the same thing.
Let's do a little math equation: