In a recent video clip, John Cena shocked the internet by apologising to China – in Mandarin!
The actor issued an apology following a mishap, where he called Taiwan a country in a Fast and Furious 9 interview.
Why did John Cena apologise to China?
In a Fast and Furious 9 interview, Cena claimed that Taiwan would be the first “country” to be able to watch the film. Though, since 1949, China has claimed sovereignty over Taiwan.
Since, the actor received some backlash for the comment and issued a statement in Mandarin on Weibo, a Chinese social media network. However, it came as a surprise to many that Cena was able to apologise in fluent Mandarin!
According to South China Morning Post, Cena spoke: “I’m very, very sorry about my mistake. I apologise, I apologise, I’m very sorry. You must understand that I really love, really respect China and the Chinese people. My apologies. See you.”
Why did the actor learn Mandarin?
Like most of the internet, you may be wondering why wrestler and actor, John Cena, can speak Mandarin.
In an interview with The Strait Times, Cena revealed that WWE had tried to break into the Chinese market (back in his wrestling days), and he had become ‘obsessed’ with the language.
He also disclosed that he had hired a tutor who would come over for two hours, in order to progress his Mandarin speaking abilities: “I started wanting to learn Mandarin to get our global company to be a true global company.”
In actual fact, this isn’t the first time that the internet has seen John Cena speak Mandarin. Prior to the apology, Cena has spoken Mandarin in a WWE press conference and even ‘insulted’ Piers Morgan in Mandarin, on Good Morning Britain.
John Cena’s other hidden talents
On top of being a wrestler-turned-actor, who is also fluent in Mandarin, it turns out that Cena can do much, much more.
One of John Cena’s hobbies is car collecting – meaning he has an eagle-eye for knowing which cars to look for. He’s particularly fond of muscle cars and his collection comprises of over 15 cars.
In addition, Cena admitted to being a huge fan of anime and video games, disclosing to Sports Illustrated that he is a ‘big Nintendo fan’.