John Cena says it was “flattering” that Vin Diesel said it felt like Paul Walker “sent him” to play his brother.
Vin Diesel previously said he believed the spirit of Paul Walker helped to influence the casting of John Cena in the latest instalment of the Fast and Furious franchise.
With John Cena responding that it is “flattering” to hear that.
John Cena joined the Fast and Furious franchise after being cast back in 2019.
Cena played Jakob Toretto, brother of Dom, Vin Diesel’s character. Toretto works as a master thief, assassin, and a high-performance driver.
In a press conference earlier this year, Vin Diesel revealed that Cena joining the franchise was a decision made with help from his friend Paul Walker.
As per ComicBook.com, Diesel said at the conference: “I remember once we started getting closer to production, Justin (Lin) and I would talk about how harrowing it would be to actually cast a new Toretto, the brother of Toretto.”
“And I remember John Cena coming into this Dom Shrine that I had where I would kind of go to meditate and train and start getting into that Dom state of mind. And I remember John coming in and… call this crazy, but I remember feeling as though Pablo, Paul Walker, had sent him in. I remember talking to Justin that night and saying, ‘My gut and my heart feels like this was meant to be.'”
And now, in an interview with Insider, John Cena has responded to Diesel’s comment.
“I think that’s the most flattering thing that someone in the Fast Family could possibly say,” Cena said.
“The origin of Vin’s comments, I think Vin is so much better to answer that than me.”
“Hearing something like that, man. Certainly, you have expectations to want to do your best. The importance and the gravity of a statement like that is not lost on me,” he added.