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John Cena Apologizes to The Rock for Criticizing His Hollywood Career

Their most recent WWE feud centered around Johnson's transition to acting.

Dwayne Johnson and JOHN CENAWrestleMania XXVII Press Conference, New York, America - 30 Mar 2011

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Five years ago, John Cena and Dwayne Johnson — or, as he was known in his former life, The Rock — faced off in the main event of WrestleMania for the second year in a row. At the heart of their onscreen feud was the Great One’s decision to leave the world of WWE behind for Hollywood, which Cena saw as a betrayal of sorts.

A few scene-stealing turns and leading roles later, Cena now spends more time on movie sets than he does in the ring — and is singing a different tune. “I’m sorry and I was wrong,” he said during an appearance on the Gorilla Position (via Screen Rant). “That’s the best thing I can do.”

“This is a very tough balancing act and when I called out Dwayne, I called him out because of ignorance. I called him out as someone that had tunnel vision in WWE and didn’t understand the process that when you make a movie, you are not allowed to do anything else because if you ruin this — if Seth Rollins splits my nose open over here — I can’t film the movie and there’s hundreds of other people whose financial well being depend on whether I show up to work in one piece,” Cena continued.

After supporting roles in films like “Sisters” and “Trainwreck,” the 41-year-old has graduated to leading-man status with the release of this year’s “Blockers” and the surprisingly well-received “Bumblebee.”

“If I stop production, that could shut production down,” Cena said. “That costs the movie money. It hampers the success of the movie, so once again I was foolish, selfish, and ignorant, but it made for awesome TV, so at least we’ve had that. It’s a conversation I’ve had with Dwayne multiple times and something I’m super comfortable telling any interviewer. I was ignorant. I was wrong and I’m sorry.”

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