Playing With Fire

Our cover partner, John Cena, talks honoring first responders:
“I wanted to use the buzz around my new movie, Playing With Fire (I play a smoke jumper), to showcase real rescuers,” says John. “So I teamed up with Good Housekeeping and put out the call for people to nominate a hero who inspired them.” Here’s why John was so eager to spotlight them:

On what it means to be a hero … “To me, a hero is anyone who lives with passion and purpose, no matter what kind of job he or she clocks in to. What sets first responders apart is that an ordinary day of work can include willingly facing down danger. I admire that because it is something I have trouble doing. I enjoy doing stunts, but when something doesn’t seem too safe, I’m like, ‘We should talk this over ….’ ”

On showing gratitude … “My brother, Dan, has been a cop for 20 years. I know he has been in some pretty hairy situations and emergencies to which I will never be able to relate. Those things come with the job he’s dedicated his life to. But like most first responders, he’s humble. So I think it’s up to us to find out who the people in our communities are who save lives – and let them know they are appreciated. ”

On winning our hearts … “My cover costar, Lori Byrd, impressed me not just with her bravery, but with her perseverance and determination to help carve the path for the next class of female firefighters. I am proud to introduce you to her and five other outstanding nominees who give back to their communities both on and off the job. ”

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Three orphaned children decide to hide in a small clearing in the forest when they learn that social services will separate them. Unexpectedly, a dangerous fire occurs in the place where they are. Given this, a trio of firefighters who are at their place of work on Christmas Day, will attempt to undertake the dangerous rescue.

Ohn Cena plays an elite firefighter turned into a clumsy babysitter in the trailer of the next Paramount family comedy, Playing with Fire. Like Dwayne Johnson and Dave Bautista before him, Cena has recently managed to move from a long career of professional wrestling to a successful career as a film and television actor. And although he has continued to make his name as an action star in recent times, Cena has also demonstrated a true skill for physical comedy with his shifts in hits like Trainwreck and Blockers.

Once again, he will practice these skills in this Fall's Playing with Fire, a movie that matches him with Keegan-Michael Key (The Predator), John Leguizamo (When They See Us) and his fellow fighter turned actor Tyler Mane ( X Men ). The four protagonists of the film are an elite firefighter team who are forced to care for three children, including Brianna Hildebrand of Deadpool, after rescuing them from a forest fire, but cannot locate their parents. It does not open until November, but Paramount has decided to go ahead and launch the marketing of the film this week.

Directed by Andy Fickman (Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2) and written by newcomer Dan Ewen and Matt Lieberman (The Christmas Chronicles), Playing with Fire uses the old Kindergarten Cop formula to face a tough actor against a group of problems children. This is not the first film that Fickman made starring a former fighter and some young people who do mischief; He previously collaborated with Johnson in the comedy The Game Plan and Disney's Race to Witch Mountain in the 2000s. And judging by the trailer of Playing with Fire, the director has quite firm control over the right tone for this type of movie by now.

Assuming that Playing with Fire does not combine a wide comedy with an unexpected drama and a thematic depth like Instant Family last year, it is safe to assume that it will be somewhat regressive, but above all just forgettable entertainment aimed at a younger audience (once again, assuming the trailer is anything to happen). Not that there is necessarily something unusual about that; Johnson made his family comedy series in the 00s too, and even Baptist has My Spy sometime next year. In any case, Playing with fire will be a rite of initiation for Cena in that regard.

John Cena.
Brianna Hildebrand as Brynn.
Judy Greer as Dr. Amy Hicks.
Keegan-Michael Key.
John Leguizamo

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