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John Cena is pulling double duty right now with two major films -- Fast and Furious 9 and The Suicide Squad. He recently wrapped Fast 9 and now he's working hard with his co-stars on James Gunn's DC movie. Cena was just talking about having to earn the respect of the Fast and Furious "family" and it looks like he's already earned the respect (and envy, and awe, and fear?) of Suicide Squad's Joel Kinnaman.

Check out the photo a rather bruised-up and sweaty -- at least, I hope that's sweat -- Joel Kinnaman posted with John Cena:

John Cena looks so goofy in that Instagram photo, but apparently he can afford to look silly since he can also bench ... 4000 pounds?! Guessing there's an extra zero in there, either by accident or for exaggerated emphasis. Either way, the point has been made. Cena is a beast. He's 42, but he's also still technically a professional wrestler. It's his job to stay fit -- and limber doing splits, I suppose.

Joel Kinnaman, 39, has not been slacking himself when it comes to The Suicide Squad prep. You may recall seeing his very uncomfortable-looking treatment just before filming started. We know Kinnaman is back as Rick Flag, his character from Suicide Squad, but this time he said the story feels like more of a comedy.

John Cena's new character for The Suicide Squad remains one of the many mysteries. James Gunn posted a long list of actors for his movie, but he's in no rush to confirm their characters. At one point, Cena was rumored to be playing Peacemaker, but we'll have to wait for confirmation.

This is a busy time for John Cena. He got his acting career going with comedies like Daddy's Home and Blockers, but also found himself a new action franchise in Bumblebee -- and he's talked about wanting to return for a sequel. He's also voicing a character in Robert Downey Jr.'s Dolittle movie, and he's taking over for Sylvester Stallone in the Jackie Chan movie Project X-Traction.

As for Fast and Furious 9, his role in that movie is a mystery too, but he seems to have impressed Vin Diesel. I imagine the way to earn the respect of fellow tough guys on set is to do some intricate fight scene or stunt -- or maybe just to bench 4000 pounds.

The Suicide Squad just started filming for its release almost two years from now in August 2021, but leaks from set -- or just photos posted by the stars themselves -- have been giving little character hints here and there. There's plenty of time for more info to come out. (I still can't believe Pete Davidson is in this.) In the meantime, get ahead of the game by checking out everything heading to the big screen next year with our 2020 movie release date schedule.

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