John Cena Shares What He Recently Learned About Parenting

Actor John Cena has a new film scheduled to hit theaters this November. The WWE wrestler has previously played the role of a father in movies, but he recently revealed that his work on an upcoming film taught him that there is one quality you must have when it comes to parenting.

John Cena at Comic-Con 2018
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‘Playing with Fire’

Cena portrays Jake Carson in Playing with Fire, a rigid fire superintendent who comes to the rescue of three siblings who are in danger of an oncoming fire. With the help of his team of firefighters, he is able to save the kids but they are unable to locate their parents. Hence, the crew takes over the job of babysitting the children, where mayhem ensues.

The film also stars Keegan Michael-Key, John Leguizamo, Brianna Hildebrand, Dennis Haysbert, and Judy Greer. The Game Plan director Andy Fickman serves on this film in the director’s chair, according to the Hollywood Reporter

The ‘must-have’ quality

The actor recently commented on what he discovered to be a vital quality to possess in parenting now that he has worked closely with children. “Patience!” Cena told Entertainment Tonight. “That is the one word that I will keep repeating to myself over and over. And, I think that’s [a] good life lesson. I think we could all use a little more patience.”

Cena brought up the infamous quote by W.C. Fields, “Never work with animals or children,” saying it most likely came from “somebody who was short on patience.”

The wrestler goes on to rave about the young actors in Playing with Fire. “I love animals and children are so beautiful and creative — you just have to have the patience for it,” he said. “I don’t remember what the hell I was doing at four or 10, so to be able to get someone of that age to give you a performance… our children are awesome on this movie and so were the animals. You just have to understand the circumstance and manage the element and just be patient. That’s all it is.”

When asked if he babysits any of his friends’ children, Cena seemed to be flexible with the idea. “I guess I have some friends that I would babysit [their kids] a lot more and more,” he said. “Which is weird because I didn’t think that would be something I’m meant to [do.].. [Kids] will [get you out of your comfort zone] and I try to get out of my comfort zone at least once a day, so that would be a nice vehicle to do that.”

What’s with the hair?

Cena is featuring a noticeably different look for the film, showcasing a hairstyle that is far from his usual buzz cut.

“I’ve been having my hair cut [for] 20 years the same way, so it was definitely a change, but it is what it is,” he said. “It was cool because it was uncomfortable to start and I felt self-conscious about it and now I’m embracing the uncomfortable and it got me here.”

Cena was quick to give accolades to real-life firefighters, noting that rescuers and first responders are in a class by themselves. “There’s no way I could train for a day, a week, a month, a year to be a smoke jumper,” Cena said. “I’d have to learn to be a firefighter first and then learn to be a smoke jumper and what they do is unbelievably tremendous, so we’re trying to pay homage to them… the people who are actually the smoke jumpers who are jumping into these disasters — they are one of a kind and there’s a reason there are so few of them.”

Playing with Fire is scheduled to be released November 8.