Nikki Bella better look out, as Maya Rudolph recently expressed some very flattering sentiment towards Bella’s boyfriend, WWE Superstar John Cena. Along with Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and several others from the movie Sisters, Rudolph was a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers on Thursday. There to promote the movie — which also features John Cena — Meyers brought up the 15-time former WWE Champion somewhat abruptly.
“John Cena, very funny in the film. He’s a super funny guy…” the Late Night host started. Maya Rudolph (best known for her time on SNL) immediately spoke up:
“Can I say something about him? When I saw him, I had feelings that I’d never felt before. And that’s not my usual type. I [normally] like a skinny, weird-looking nerd.”
Tina Fey chimed in as well, “You wanted, maybe, to be held in his two hands like a tiny teacup dog.”
Ike Barinholtz (MADtv, The Mindy Project) plays Poehler’s love interest in Sisters. Not a necessarily small man himself, Meyers asked him how he felt when standing next to Cena on set.
“I felt like Emma Stone next to him.” He continued, now in a girl’s voice, looking upward, “Hey John, tell me about Tampa.”
Scriptwriter Paula Pell described hugging John Cena as trying to put your arms around “a wall of man.”
The film Sisters, starring Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, is being directed by Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect). According to the official Sisters website, the film tells the story of “two disconnected sisters summoned home to clean out their childhood bedroom before their parents sell the family house. Looking to recapture their glory days, they throw one final high-school-style party for their classmates.” Tina Fey also co-produced, while Poehler served as an executive producer. Fey and Poehler are very familiar with Pell’s work, as she previously wrote for SNL and 30 Rock.
In Sisters, Cena is the man the sisters turn to when they need drugs for their party. As described by CNN‘s Frank Scheck, John Cena nails his part “as a tattooed drug-dealer, basically fulfilling the same male beefcake role as he did in Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck with similarly amusing results.” RogerEbert.com‘s Christy Lemire described his character as a “scary, hulking drug dealer, who might be more sensitive than he appears.”
It looks like this will be the second time this year that John Cena is getting attention for his comedic talents. John Cena’s role in Trainwreck earned him praise. As Entertain This! of USA Today said, “WWE star John Cena delivers a high proportion of the laughs, despite his limited screen time.” It looks like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson may have someone following in his footsteps in a few years.
Given the close relationship that Fey and Poehler have with late-night talk show hosts Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers (from their time together at SNL) and NBC in general (30 Rock, Parks and Rec), it’s no surprise that their getting time to promote the film. Cena recently made an appearance on The Tonight Show, in part to plug Sisters.
John Cena has been absent from WWE television lately, in part to promote this film. Although his exact return date has yet to be announced, it is expected that Cena will be back before the Royal Rumble. Until then, fans and members of the Cenation can see him, Tina Fey, and Amy Poehler in Sisters, which is out in theaters today, nationwide.