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Was John Cena in The Marine?

2006 action film by John Bonito

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This article is about The Marine. For the film series, see The Marine (film series)

The Marine is a 2006 American action film directed by John Bonito from a story written by Alan B. McElroy and Michelle Gallagher. It stars professional wrestler John Cena, in his acting debut and was executively produced by Vince McMahon through the film production division of WWE called WWE Studios and distributed in the United States by 20th Century Fox. In the film, a recently discharged U.S. Marine goes after some diamond thieves after they kidnapped his wife.

The Marine was released theatrically on October 13, 2006 to negative reviews and grossed $22 million against a production budget of $15 million. It is the first entry in The Marine film series, spawning five direct-to-video sequels.

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In Iraq, John Triton, a U.S. Marine, arrives at an al-Qaeda hideout, where a group of terrorists are preparing to behead several hostages. Disregarding direct orders to wait for reinforcements, Triton attacks the extremists and rescues the hostages. The next morning, his colonel informs Triton that he is being honorably discharged for disobeying direct orders.

Now retired, Triton finds it hard to settle back into normal life. He is fired from his job as a security guard for using excessive force on an employee's ex-boyfriend and his bodyguards. Triton's wife Kate decides the two need a vacation to help Triton adjust to his new life. Meanwhile, criminal Rome robs a jewelry store with his gang: girlfriend Angela, Morgan, Vescera, and Bennett. Rome is in collusion with an anonymous partner, with whom he is planning on sharing the profits from the diamonds. On the run, the gang stops at a gas station where Triton and Kate have stopped. When two policemen arrive to buy gas, Morgan shoots and kills one of the officers, causing Rome to shoot the other officer while Angela kills the gas station attendant. When Triton reacts to Kate being kidnapped, Bennett knocks him out. Triton regains consciousness and gives chase in the policemen's car. The chase leads to a lake, where Triton falls out of the patrol car and into the lake, seemingly to his death.

Rome and his gang walk through a swamp to avoid the police. Kate tries to escape several times. Triton emerges from the lake to find Detective Van Buren, who is pursuing the gang. Van Buren denies Triton permission to pursue the gang, but Triton heads into the swamp anyway. After an altercation between Morgan and Vescera, Rome decides to kill Vescera. Rome gets a call from his anonymous partner, and Rome tells him that he intends to cut the partner out of the deal.

The gang arrives at a lodge and decide to rest there for the time being. Meanwhile, Triton is kidnapped by two fugitives who believe he is a police officer looking for them. He subdues them and tracks the gang to the lodge. He kills Morgan and Bennett then drags the bodies under the lodge, where he again meets Detective Van Buren.

Kate rushes out of the lodge, but Angela attacks and recaptures her. Meanwhile, Triton enters the lodge and finds himself face-to-face with Rome and his gun. Van Buren enters the room but points his gun at Triton, revealing himself to be the anonymous partner. Rome opens fire on Triton, who uses Van Buren as a human shield, killing him. Rome makes his escape and joins up with Angela and Kate before firing at a gasoline tank and blowing up the lodge. Triton makes a narrow escape, having been blown into the swamp.

Rome escapes in Van Buren's car, but abandons it due to a police tracking device. Angela seduces and kills a truck driver for his truck. Triton is arrested by a marine patrol officer, but steals the officer's vessel after handcuffing him. He races to the marina that is Rome's destination and jumps on Rome's truck, throwing Angela into the windshield of an oncoming bus, killing her and spilling the diamonds. Rome scrapes Triton off the truck by careening through a warehouse, then leaps out just before the truck crashes into a lake. Triton engages Rome in hand-to-hand combat and knocks him out before he leaves Rome in the burning warehouse to rescue Kate, who is drowning in the truck. A badly-burned Rome returns and tries to choke Triton with a chain, but Triton kills Rome by breaking his neck with the chain. The final scene depicts Triton and Kate kissing as the police arrive.

Cast

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John Cena in The Marine.

Production

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Cena promotes the film at the Camp Pendleton premiere.

The Marine was originally written with Al Pacino in mind for the part of criminal Rome, with Stone Cold Steve Austin as hero Triton. After Austin and WWE parted ways in 2004, Randy Orton was set to be the main character. Orton turned down the role because of his bad conduct discharge from the Marines in the late 1990s, and was replaced by John Cena.[2] Pacino turned down the role of Rome due to the low salary offered. After Pacino turned it down, Ray Liotta was considered for the role of Rome, but Robert Patrick got the part instead.

Principal photography for the film was actually shot and completed in 2004. In order to cover for John Cena's absence from WWE events, a storyline was written after Carlito beat Cena for the WWE United States Championship, saying that he was stabbed by Carlito's bodyguard Jesús and was taking time off to recover.

Filming was done at Movie World Studios in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. The Marine Base was filmed at Bond University. The part in which skyscrapers are shown is the downtown area of Brisbane, Australia. Other footage was shot in bush land surrounding Brisbane. The opening segment of the downtown scenes was filmed in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Cena was approached by Vince McMahon to do the movie which he accepted for outside fame. On making the movie he said "I enjoyed the business plan, I didn't enjoy the experience".

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In its first weekend, the film made approximately $7.1 million at the United States box office.[3] In its first weekend, it placed #6 domestically. After a total of ten weeks in theaters, the film grossed $18.8 million domestically.[3]

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The film received mostly negative reviews, holding a 17% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 46 reviews (with an average rating of 4 out of 10), with the site's general consensus stating "Overblown in every possible way, The Marine is either so bad it's good or just really, really bad." Eric the Actor was a fan of the film and wanted to promote the film due his fondness for Cena on the Howard Stern Show; however, his promotion and rally for people to go and see this film failed.

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The film was released on DVD on January 30, 2007, which featured the "rated" version and the "unrated" version.[4] The Blu-ray version was released on February 13, 2007, with a DTS-HD Lossless Master Audio 5.1 track and a 1080p HD transfer. The DVD grossed $27.3 million in domestic video sales.[1]

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The film has spawned five direct-to-video sequels:

The last four sequels have starred professional wrestler Mike "The Miz" Mizanin in the role of Jake Carter.[5]

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Notorious wrestler and WWE veteran John Cena recently admitted that he did not wish to join the world of wrestling originally. Although being known worldwide as the man who just cannot be seen, the wrestler-turned-actor called his career move a “mistake”.

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The Peacemaker actor stated that wrestling was never his first choice as a career. Although he is an actor now, John Cena’s first choice was to always join the Marine Corps and be a Marine. The actor revealed that on the road to becoming a Marine, he got addicted to wrestling and the rest is history.

John Cena Never Wanted To Be A Wrestler

It does seem incredible that there would have been a time John Cena wouldn’t have been known to the world as a wrestler. With championship titles and his iconic “you-can’t-see-me” style, Cena has been branded as one of the most iconic wrestlers of all time in the history of WWE.

All that wouldn’t have been possible since John Cena was never that much interested in wrestling in the first place. The actor’s destiny and plan was to originally join the Marine Corps and be a Marine. Due to the high training that Marines go through, the actor turned to wrestle to up his fitness levels and to improve his physique thinking that it would help him in the long run as a Marine.

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What was supposed to be a simple hobby turned out into an outright addiction as John Cena himself stated that he was “hooked” as soon as he saw the ring. In an interview, here’s what the F9 actor had to say about his career choices that led him to become a wrestler-turned-actor.

“Originally I started to wrestle by mistake. I was going to join the Marine Corps. And a friend of mine was like, we are training down in Orange County. You should give it a weekend before you go down there. I was like, yeah, whatever I will do it, saw a ring and I was hooked.”

Since he wasn’t passionate about wrestling during his debut, the actor had often found himself on the wrong side of situations. He eventually got better and later went on to become one of the most iconic wrestlers in WWE history.

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Alongside his wrestling career, John Cena also tried his hand in the Hollywood industry. During his starting years, Cena admitted that it was indeed rough for him since he was getting rejected from several notable roles until he made it successful in Hollywood.

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“I can’t tell you how many superhero roles I’ve been rejected for. Shazam is certainly one. There was a brief try at the Deadpool universe, rejection. Shazam was Dikembe Mutumbo. There was a few in the Marvel universe, rejected. But you know, I kept trying.”

As per the info, The Suicide Squad actor was supposed to portray the role of Cable which was later passed on to Josh Brolin. John Cena finally found his family when he starred in as the brother to Dominic Toretto in the Fast and Furious franchise.

Source: Essentially Sports

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