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  • -We are back, everybody.

  • John Cena is here with us in studio!

  • -Seven live audience members.

  • -From New York City. Studio 6A at 30 Rock.

  • I'm so happy you're here. Your fans want to hear about it.

  • I want to hear about "Fast 9."

  • I know -- Yeah, I know. This is --

  • We were talking about it, and you were like,

  • "Oh, get ready, man. The stunts on this is just insanity."

  • -Well, that's the thing. I think, so "Fast 9,"

  • very similar to BTS, they have this global fanbase.

  • Because they've been making these movies for 20 years.

  • -Sure. -So it's been

  • a legacy project, you know?

  • And the newest installment --

  • like, everybody knows "Fast" is gonna kill it

  • when it comes to action.

  • The thing I love about "Fast 9"

  • is people are gonna see it weave that legacy together.

  • And it's not --

  • You know, it's not merely what is "Fast"

  • gonna do next for action.

  • It is action on the edge of your seat,

  • but story, if you're a fan of the franchise,

  • like, you get questions answered,

  • you get new questions you develop.

  • Like, it's another foothold to the narrative,

  • which that's the stuff that I love.

  • -Were you nervous walking onto set?

  • Because hey all know each other for years.

  • -Normally, no. Normally, it's a job

  • and movies are kind of like summer camp

  • where you meet people for the first time

  • and then you establish relationships

  • and then you move on.

  • "Fast" is different because literally

  • it's been 20 years in the making.

  • So walking in the set of "Fast"

  • was similar to walking into the WWE locker room.

  • You have guys -- and men and women

  • who risk their lives for a living,

  • and have curated this experience that they're very proud of.

  • So when we get a newcomer to walk in,

  • like, you can't help it but like,

  • "Man, I hope this person works out

  • because I'm killing myself for this."

  • -It's my new brother-in-law. -Everybody --

  • When I'm like -- And I'm geeked out on "Fast,"

  • so I'm looking at like Dom Toretto,

  • I'm looking at him going, "Oh, my God."

  • And it's like this, it's like...

  • Dude, it's like the Vin look, like...

  • -[ Laughing ]

  • -And not just him, bro. Everybody.

  • Everybody was like, "Yo." -They know how to play, yeah.

  • -"What's up with the new kid?" And I've never --

  • Like, I felt just as much pressure as my first month

  • on the road in WWE.

  • But what I love about the "Fast" family

  • is that as soon as they see that you're a fan of the franchise,

  • that your intention is for the family,

  • bro, they take you in, and it really is --

  • Like, they talk so much about family.

  • And like, I owe so much to Vin

  • for not only allowing me to be in the movie,

  • but making me better as a performer.

  • But it's a family.

  • It's weird to say. -You get close.

  • -It's also the camaraderie of WWE.

  • Like, once you're in, you're in.

  • -Yeah, and you help each other. -And, man, it was awesome.

  • I had a blast filming that one.

  • Not only do you do crazy stuff, but like --

  • -We got a picture of some stunt you were doing.

  • They sent us a photo of you, one scene in the movie.

  • This is exclusive to our show.

  • This is you like zip lining over Edinburgh.

  • -Yeah. -Yeah.

  • -I kind of took that place over for a few days.

  • -Are you good with heights?

  • -No, no, not at all. [ Laughter ]

  • So that was the toughest thing about "Fast,"

  • is like you gotta do this crazy [bleep],

  • but you have to look like it doesn't affect you.

  • -Yeah. -And I --

  • Like, if they close up and HD that,

  • you would see a puddle in my pants.

  • [ Laughter ]

  • I done peed myself but I have to look like it's nothing.

  • Whoosh! All right, here we go! -Yeah.

  • So you'll see in the movie, I look pretty tough.

  • But I had already peed myself a few times.

  • -Okay, yeah, I would have freaked out,

  • because I went zip lining with Tariq in Puerto Rico.

  • And... [ Laughter ]

  • -You don't look afraid. -Here's me and Tariq.

  • -Yeah, there you go. -Yeah.

  • And that's my -- that's my... [ Laughter ]

  • -If it's any consolation, that's how I felt

  • on the inside. -Yeah.

  • This was my audition for "Fast 9," they didn't --

  • -We're just going to go in another direction.

  • Just gonna go another way.

  • Love you. Love you. -Jimmy, we love you.

  • -We're just gonna go another way.

  • -You're my favorite,

  • we're just gonna go in a different direction.

  • [ Laughs ] And then "Suicide Squad."

  • -Yep. -Come on.

  • -You're playing Peacemaker.

  • People are freaking out. Even --

  • There's nothing even in the trailer,

  • just a list of names, and people are like, "What?!"

  • -I think the most important thing as far as

  • "The Suicide Squad" is concerned is the name James Gunn.

  • And people know James and his passion to tell the story,

  • his passion to weave a narrative

  • and develop characters you care about.

  • A perfect template for that is "Guardians."

  • As just a general moviegoer I knew nothing about

  • "Guardians," but five minutes into the movie

  • I loved the characters.

  • And that's what he does so well.

  • -Are they spinning off your character already

  • into like a -- I heard like a show?

  • -Mm, yes. Noes. Yes. Yes.

  • -Okay, I was like, wait --

  • -I mean, this is also, you know,

  • you try do the best you can with every opportunity.

  • I really loved "Suicide Squad" and got along great with James.

  • I was like, "Hey, man, we should do this again."

  • He's like, "Yeah, we should do this again."

  • Pretty soon it was like, "Yo, wanna do a show for HBO Max?"

  • I was like, "What? Yes." -This is fantastic

  • having an in-studio guest because I'm getting

  • all these exclusives.

  • You're just, like, dropping bombs.

  • It's fantastic, I love it.

  • -So I was down for a bit,

  • but now that we're filming again,

  • I'll be -- I'm currently in production with

  • a cool comedy called "Vacation Friends."

  • We just went back to work, and it's very much like this.

  • It's very protected and very safe.

  • -Safe. -Telling jokes

  • and come here to talk to you and then go back

  • and tell some jokes. -Yeah, back to work.

  • -Can we talk about "Fast Friends: Elbow Grease"?

  • -I would love to. -Or as I call them,

  • bow -- "Elbow Grease: Fast Friends."

  • This one, this is your third one,

  • and I have the other two. I read them to my daughters.

  • I love the messages in all of these.

  • But this one, there's a new character,

  • it's a motorcycle.

  • -Yes, there's an electric motorcycle called Chopper,

  • and she's very skilled. -Yes.

  • -She is very skilled. -She is.

  • -That's very important. So, um,

  • with the "Elbow Grease" books,

  • I have a very young audience at WWE,

  • a lot of kids, lot of families,

  • and as my in-ring career is not as --

  • it's not as active -- it's not over,

  • but it's not as active --

  • I wanted to continue to send messaging

  • to those younger viewers because so many times

  • parents will be like, "Hey, your 'never give up'

  • words have helped my son or daughter."

  • Okay, so I created a children's book series

  • that is fun and bright and colorful

  • and about monster trucks.

  • So first and foremost, it's a fun read.

  • -Yeah. -And then there's some

  • underlying stuff in there about never giving up