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John Cena says his agency tried to talk him out of his 'Barbie' cameo because it was 'beneath him'

John Cena says his agency tried to talk him out of his 'Barbie' cameo because it was 'beneath him'
  • John Cena's agency advised him against making his scene-stealing cameo in "Barbie."

  • "The perspective from an agency standpoint was, 'This is beneath you,'" he told Howard Stern.

  • Cena didn't take his agency's advice and played Mermaid Ken in the blockbuster.

John Cena said his agency advised him not to take a role in the blockbuster movie "Barbie" because they thought it was "beneath him" and could impact his ability to book leading roles in future films.

When appearing on "The Howard Stern Show" this week, the wrestler turned actor spoke about his reps' reservations when Margot Robbie approached him to appear in the Academy-Award-nominated film alongside its star-studded cast, which includes Robbie, Ryan Gosling, America Ferrera, and Simu Liu.

"They're just going on what they know," Cena said. "And what they know is, 'This entity, this commodity gravitates toward these things. We should stay in this lane.' But I'm not a commodity. I'm a human being, and I operate under the construct of 'every opportunity is an opportunity.'"

Cena said that at the time, he was shooting "Fast X" in the same studio as the Greta Gerwig-directed film and that Robbie, who was also a producer for "Barbie," approached him to shoot a small cameo.

"I read the script of the movie, and I tried my hardest to be in it," Cena recalled. "Margot was like, 'We'll make you a mermaid. You'll be in it for half a day.' Yeah, sure."

But those representing him at the acting agency he was with then weren't as enthused and asked Cena to think twice before accepting the role.

left: dua lipa in a long pink wig and mermaid tail, smiling and resting on the side of a pool; john cena as a mermaid ken, with long flowing blonde hair and a mermaid tail
Dua Lipa and Cena have small roles as Mermaid Barbie and Mermaid Ken in "Barbie."Warner Bros.

"The perspective from an agency standpoint was, 'This is beneath you,' which I get that," he said. "But also to the agency's credit, immediately, they acquiesced, and I was like, 'No, we're going to do it,' but all they can do is offer their guidance."

"They're not ultimately making the choice," Cena said. "And their guidance is, 'Hey, truly, trickle-down economics from this may take you out of these lead lap slots.' And I get all that."

"I've always operated under the philosophy that good work gets you another chance," he concluded.

Cena's scenes in "Barbie" are short but memorable. The actor, who's promoting his upcoming comedy "Ricky Stanicky," appears as Mermaid Ken with long, flowing blonde hair alongside Dua Lipa's Mermaid Barbie in several cutaway gags.

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