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American professional wrestler and actor John Cena would have turned down the opportunity to appear in `Barbie` if he hadn`t listened to his gut. On a recent episode of `The Howard Stern Show`, he shared that his team advised him not to do the movie, reported People.

“So it`s not a big team, which I`m grateful for. I don`t have a publicity department. I have a manager only because it`s me and him. We`re kinda like a two-prong fork,” said Cena.

“And an agency that goes out and tries to look for work, and I don`t put it past them, they`re just going on what they know. 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,” he continued. “I`m a human being, and I operate under the construct of every opportunity is an opportunity.”

Although the actor was busy filming `Fast X` when he read the screenplay, `Barbie` happened to be filming on the same studio lot, allowing him to eventually meet Margot Robbie, who encouraged him to play a merman.

Even when the `Barbie` producer and actor assured him that he would just have to go through “half a day” of filming, his agency was not convinced. “I think the perspective from an agency standpoint was `This is beneath you,` which I get that,” explained the WWE wrestler.

“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,” said Cena. “They`re not ultimately making a choice.”

“And their guidance is `Truly trickle-down economics from this may take you out of these lead lap slots.` And I get all that,” continued Cena. “I`ve always operated under the philosophy that good work gets you another chance.”

According to People, by listening to his instincts, Cena participated in a film that earned the biggest opening weekend of 2023 and grossed over $1.4 billion worldwide.The film is up for eight awards at the 96th annual Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

After Robbie failed to get a Best Actress nomination and Greta Gerwig failed to be nominated in the Best Director category, Cena shared with People why he feels “awards aren`t the only metric to success.”

“I try to operate under the construct that, `What can I control?` And I can`t switch anything that`s happened,” shared Cena at the U.K. premiere of Argylle.

“I can let my friend Margot and I can certainly let Greta know that awards aren`t the only metric to success and they have made a movie that has done tremendous business and changed a lot of lives in the process,” he added. “And I think that`s one hell of an achievement,” reported People.

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