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John Cena apologizes to China over Taiwan`s remark during `F9` interview

Cena joins Hollywood franchise playing Vin Diesel’s estranged brother John Cena, who is the latest cast member to join the ‘Fast and Furious’ family, apologized to China for naming Taiwan a country during the promotion of ‘F9’. Cena joined the Hollywood film franchise as Vin Diesel’s long-lost brother, playing the terrorist mastermind Jakob Torreto. The incident took place during the media interviews of the film last week when Cena let it slip during a conversation with the TV station TVBS, in Taipei, that “Taiwan is the first country that can watch its new action film”. The political faux pas took place when China claimed Taiwan was a part of their country. The shouts in China were rapid and many went to the country’s Twitter counterpart, Sina Weibo, to express their displeasure shortly after Cena’s interview was broadcast. In response, the former WWW star posted a video apologizing to the people of China while speaking in fluent Mandarin. “I have to say, it’s very, very, very, very, very, very, very important, I love China and Chinese people,” the Mandarin actor said in a video posted on Chinese social media site Weibo is. “I am just sorry for my mistake. You have to understand, I love China and Chinese people very much. I did a lot of interviews. In one interview I made a mistake. ‘

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Cena has apparently been studying Mandarin for years, so according to the Los Angeles Times, he can help promote his sport overseas. Whether the apology was accepted or not, producers Universal Studios were forced to cancel a promotional event in Shanghai after the interview aired, claiming they posed a non-specific security threat. ‘F9’, which exists in the UAE cinemas, reunites Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Jordana Brewster and Ludacris to take down the terrorist and Jakob’s brother Jakob Torreto who is with Cipher (Charlize Theorn). The film also points to the return of Sung Kang as Han Lue, who apparently died in a clash in the climax of ‘The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift’ by Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham (but not really) He played a mentor) to Sean Boswell in the film, which reportedly also appeared in ‘F9’, as did Helen Mirren playing the mother of Deckard Shaw. The film is directed by Justin Lin, his fourth director for the franchise. The latest installment started at $ 162.4 million (Dh596.5 million) in eight markets, including China, Korea and Hong Kong, giving the film the largest opening for a Hollywood screening since COVID-19.