– John Cena stars in WWE Studiosâ€™ new action adventure movie, The Reunion, in select theaters for a special limited engagement Friday. The Superstar plays Sam Cleary, a cop who joins his two estranged brothers as bail bondsman who embark on a dangerous, exciting adventure through Mexico.
The Reunion focuses on the importance of family. Cena said the tight-knit cast, including Amy Smart, Ethan Embry, Boyd Holbrook and Michael Rispoli, bonded while filming his fourth WWE Studios film.
â€œIt was very cool. Three of us got to be brothers who didnâ€™t like each other, so it was easy. We just busted each otherâ€™s chops the whole time we filmed,â€ Cena told WWE.com. â€œWhen you do that, and you can stand the sarcasm, you actually become good friends out of the deal.â€
While Cena cites Embry â€“ who starred in Showtimeâ€™s Brotherhood â€“ as the most energetic cast member, he particularly enjoyed working with Smart.
Amy was really cool, very down-to-earth. Came on set in the middle of the shoot and kind of fit right in,â€ he said of the accomplished actress, who has starred in The Butterfly Effect, Road Trip, Varsity Blues and Starship Troopers.
â€œI wish she was there longer, she was very cool.â€
The Reunion was filmed on location in central New Mexico where the cast shot scenes in picturesque mountains, canyons and forests surrounding Albuquerque.
â€œIt was toward the turning of the seasons. â€¦ It is the desert. It was kind of hot during the day, but extremely cold at night,â€ Cena explained. â€œNew Mexico is a beautiful place with a bunch of different terrain.â€
But filming wasnâ€™t always any easy task for the WWE Superstar. Cena performed his own stunts and had to sprint and leap off a 60-foot cliff during an intense action scene.
â€œI didnâ€™t want to do it. Iâ€™m deathly afraid of heights,â€ he admitted. â€œThereâ€™s a scene involving heights and helicopters. I hated it. I did it. Absolutely, I did it, but hated it.â€
The exciting moment only adds to the filmâ€™s diverse plot. The Reunion is another WWE Studios flick Cena is sure the WWE Universe will enjoy.
â€œItâ€™s going to be a hell of a ride. Theyâ€™re really going to enjoy it. Like Legendary was a very story-based movie, this is a very story-based movie but it also has really good action,â€ Cena explained.
â€œSo just when you think the movie may be too involved from the character-development standpoint, itâ€™s going to blow up on you. Itâ€™s a really good ride, itâ€™s a really good story and it sends a good family message.â€