John Cena

  1. Will Friedle, Kim Possible, TV, 2002-20907.   Losing his toon audition for Ron Stoppable led to John Felix Anthony Cena becoming unstoppable as a WWE wrestling champ. And, after Dwayne Johnson (The Rock), the second WWE Films’ star. 
  2. Zachary Levi, Shazam! 2018.  One  month after Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel opened in 2019, Levi arrived as… Captain Marvel.  (He sold more comics thanm Superman in the 40s). The fact that DC and Marvel had superheroes with the same name was solved in 2011 when DC rebranded him… Shazam!  He’s really a kid of 14, given superpowers (and body) by the wizard called, er, Shazam. When Billy Batson yells Shazam, he becomes, er, Shazam. Think Superboy in Superbloke’s body. With Robert Downey/Ryan Reynolds insouciance, Levi won what he calls Superman Meets Big (his favourite films as a tot), so he’s surely the sole actor in DC, Disney and Marvel movies. “That leaves only Harry Potter and Star Wars…” Other contenders were wrestler John Cena, The Hulk’s son Lou Ferrigno Jr, Zane Holtz (TV’s From Dusk To Dawn), Jake McDorman, Billy Magnussen, Brandon Molale, Alan Ritchson Joshua Sasse (Galavant), Derek Theler (nearly Captain America in 2010), Parker Young (Alex Davies in Arrow). Plus Seinfeld’s Puddy, Patrick Warburton – but that was  in 2001 when he was another superfunny, TheTick… and Shazam! had just started development. ASlso seen:  Cena, the mighty wrestling superstar known as Dr of Thuganomics, The Champ,The Marine (he turned that into a 2004 WWE movie) and…  The Face That Runs The Place.  Not this place!
  3. David Harbour, No Sudden Move, 2020.    Another bunch of thieves from director Steven Soderberg.  Not any Ocean’s 14, although George Clooney was originally on board… until the Covid-19 pandemic messed up schedules. “A bummer because it’s a great part.. It really looked like fun.” Soderberg also lost Cena, Josh Brolin, Nicolas Cage, Cedric The Entertainer,  Sebastian Stan for the same reason.  He still had two of Danny Ocean’s gang: Don Cheadle and Matt Damon.

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