John Cena Talks About the “Movie Magic” of Bumblebee

John Cena is gearing up to have one hell of a year. Blockers comes out this weekend after an extremely well-received South by Southwest (SXSW) premiere, and he has the first Transformers spinoff movie coming out this December. Collider recently spoke to Cena about working on Bumblebee and the “movie magic” that goes into acting in an effects-heavy movie.

Yeah, where you’re acting with a stick. You have to be dramatic with a stick. In the WWE, we call it working with a broomstick. You can get in there and have a match with a broomstick. I think it’s just a different method to tell stories. That’s what I enjoy most. Do I love to laugh? Yes! But what I enjoy most is to be able to use your imagine to tell a story. So, it was a different challenge, but I loved it. I hope everybody sees that and they dig it.

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Whenever someone gets cast in movies like Transformers or a superhero movie, it’s pretty common to ask if they were a fan when they were kids. The divide between actors that were fans and not fans ahead of time is split pretty even across the board. Cena, it turns out, was a huge fan of Transformers when he was a kid.

I was actually alive when they first came out and was at the age to enjoy them. I was a superfan of Transformers and the rival Gobots. I know Transformers is gonna kill me for saying that. To be able to see where the franchise went and where they are taking it now, I thought it was extremely interesting. I can’t talk too much about it, but I really think everyone who enjoys what they were, initially, and what they became, and wants to further the stories, it’s so very story based. It’s so awesome! It’s not too busy. It’s really a fun movie, and I think people are gonna like it.

This is the first spinoff for the Transformers franchise, which could be the thing that saves this series. This movie gets to do its own thing while relying on previous world building, and Cena agrees.

I think so. I think it’s gonna open up the floor, for people who are truly passionate about Transformers, to want to know more about these individual Transformers and the story behind each Transformer.

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Fans of Laika Animation and their amazing stop-motion movies were surprised to see director Travis Knight take on this project. For some (see: me), this is the only reason they are excited about this project at all. Cena also talked about how awesome Knight is as a director and how he has such a clear vision.

He is awesome! When you wanna redefine the look of something and the feel of something, they chased Travis and really were a fan of his work, as well. I wanted to be a part of the film, but sitting with him and having a 45-minute conversation with him, I really wanted to be a part of the film. He has such passion and such a vision for what he wants to see. Even with this process, he sticks to what he wants ‘cause he can see it. It’s pretty cool, when you just have sticks and artificial stuff, but he sees it. He absolutely sees it, and it’s really impressive.

We don’t know that much about Bumblbee, but we should learn more as the year goes on and we get our first look at some footage. Once that happens we’ll have a better idea of what to expect from this rather unknown quantity coming out in December.

Summary: On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie, on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken.

Bumblebee, directed by Travis Knight, stars Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Rachel Crow, and Pamela Adlon. It will be released on December 21st.

About Kaitlyn Booth

Kaitlyn is the Editor-in-Chief at Bleeding Cool. She loves movies, television, comics, and political satire. She's a member of the UFCA and the GALECA. Feminist. Writer. Nerd. Follow her on twitter @katiesmovies and @safaiagem on instagram. She's also a co-host at The Nerd Dome Podcast. Listen to it at

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