If you've ever heard of professional wrestling, were a fan, or still are, you are aware that it is an industry that looks to dominate every corner of the entertainment market. It should not surprise you that in early 2002 World Wrestling Entertainment founded WWE Films (later changed to WWE Studios in May 2002). WWE studios is responsible for solely producing more than 15 films, which includes THE MARINE and LEGENDARY staring John Cena and co-producing four films including THE SCORPIAN KING staring Dewayne "The Rock" Johnson.
With the superbowl of WWE, Wrestlemania XXVIII (28), less than 3 weeks away, Dewayne "The Rock" Johnson and John Cena are feuding for the spotlight and the win. Ironically, both superstars have vested interest in WWE and in Hollywood. While The Rock has clearly wrapped circles around Cena in quantity of movies, the quality of movies is the aspect that is continually tossed up.
The Rock has
starred in films packed with action, love, and suspense. From The GAME PLAN to FAST FIVE, The Rock continues to star in movies that gross well over millions of dollars and captivate audiences for years following release.
Luke Hobbs in action with Dominic Toretto- Fast Five
In THE GAME PLAN, The Rock is a charming father who still packs a punch as the star quarterback for the Boston Rebels. He steals the heart of each viewer with his spot on performance of being a first time parent and a superstar. On the flip side, The Rock lit up the big screen most recently in FAST FIVE. As a United States Federal Agent, The Rock seeks fugitives Dominic Toretto and Brian O'Connor on the run in Rio. The Rock was made for the roll in which he portrayed passion, power, and compassion for others. With his professional wrestling background, The Rock played suit to the roll of Luke Hobbs who is frantically trying to complete the task without defeat.
The Rock's current performance in WWE
is an uphill battle against his counterpart John Cena. Cena is determined to belittle The Rock for leaving his home roots of WWE to explore Hollywood and captivate the big screen. Cena shot insults at The Rock including the fact that as a WWE superstar Cena has starred in feature films and still preformed a full wrestling schedule. Cena portrays the fight as Cena defending professional wrestling and The Rock defending Hollywood.
John Triton in pursuit - The Marine
However, with the feud heating up, it would be foolish to not peruse and comment on the acting experience of Cena. While Cena is a huge star in WWE, it may be quality that Cena is lacking in his films. Cena's roles are incomplete and basic from a storyline stand point. They lack finesse and character build-up.
In THE MARINE, Cena is United States Marine John Triton who is home from war. During a vacation commute, Triton's wife is kidnapped and Triton sets out on a war path to save her.
Without the explosions, fast paced action, and constant battle to stop disaster, THE MARINE is a hollow shell without a steady plot. 12 ROUNDS is another movie containing the whereabouts of Cena's character's significant other. Again, Cena's character is on a chase to save his girlfriend and has to jump through hoops in order to do it. Cena is not a bad actor; he simply has incomplete roles to fill.
Wrestlmania 28 Banner - Rock VS Cena
Cena simply fills shells in movies and The Rock creates blockbusters. With the building tension of Wrestlemania XXVIII around the corner, each superstar has his own point to make. The Rock and Cena continue to hurl stones at each other every Monday at 9pm eastern time on USA .
In the coming weeks, view the movies I have mentioned and leave your comments regarding your thoughts. Maybe you agree and see what I am depicting or maybe you disagree and feel Cena is a well rounded actor who completes the movies in which he stars.
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Mar 15, 2012 1:12 AM
|I don't think anyone's done a column on wrestling! Even though the modern wrestling movie has been around since 1986 with BODY SLAM with Dirk Benedict and "Rowdy" Roddy Piper. There's an untapped genre out there, with movies about wrestling and movies featuring wrestling.|
An interesting column would be the wrestlers that did comedy - badly. There's at least a half dozen movies that wrestlers won't be putting on their resumes!
Good to have a new voice in the bull pen!
Mar 15, 2012 5:51 PM
|i remember when the Rock was Rocky Maivia, he was the wrestler that we made fun of every time he came out because he sucked so bad....if you would have told me that years later he would be an "a" list movie star I would have laughed myself to death...|
Mar 22, 2012 10:38 AM
|There's a local production company in Charlotte, NC that produces wrestling films with women only. I don't think women are the prime viewers. Enjoyed your column.|
Apr 13, 2012 1:44 AM
|I know this column is a few weeks old, but I just wanted to comment on how terrible an actor Hulk Hogan is. I remember when we went to see No Holds Barred when I was little, Hogan played a scene in a French restaurant so badly that my dad spit out his Coke.|
Also, I've always been a big fan of The Rock's acting ability: he knows how to do it. Piper in They Live was great too.
But to me, perhaps the greatest performance by a wrestler in movie history is given by Andre The Giant in The Princess Bride. Truly the perfect combination of casting and presence.
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