'The Marine' duo muscles in on action movie icons

By William Keck
USA Today

Can a WWE wrestler and a Nip/Tuck tart offer moviegoers a Total Recall to the glory years of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sharon Stone?

The Marine's John Cena, 29, and Kelly Carlson, 30, are ready to fill the void left by those former big-screen titans, co-starring as John and Kate Triton in the WWE-produced action adventure film which opened Friday.

Like Schwarzenegger, who started out as a bodybuilding champ, Cena has a body that supersedes his acting resume.

And following in the stilettos of Stone, who began her career with guest spots in TV series such as T.J. Hooker, Carlson is taking on her first starring role in a feature film after shocking audiences since 2003 in Nip/Tuck.

Here's a look at the careers and lives of the stars:

Arnold Schwarzenegger

- Size: The native of Austria is 6-foot-2 and weighed 235 pounds at his competitive prime.

- Nickname: The Governator.

- Championship: Schwarzenegger held Mr. Universe titles from 1967 to 70. He also won several Mr. Olympia titles beginning in 1970.

- Speed demon: The governor has a vast fleet of vehicles. Also, Schwarzenegger still rides motorcycles after breaking six ribs in a 2001 crash.

- Work Injuries: Schwarzenegger injured his back while filming 1982's Conan the Barbarian and tore a rotator cuff while shooting 2003's Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.

- Taste for cigars: Schwarzenegger has appeared on two covers of Cigar Aficionado magazine. (Stone graced one.)

John Cena

- Size: The WWE star, who grew up with five big-boned brothers in West Newbury, Mass., is 6-foot-1 and weighs 240 pounds.

- Nickname: The Prototype.

- Championship: Cena won Wrestlemania XXI in 2005.

- Speed Demon: Cena's garage includes a '70 Plymouth Superbird, '66 Dodge Charger and others. Cena abandoned motorcycles in 2001.

- Work Injuries: As a result of time in the ring, Cena tore a rotator cuff, broke a thumb, pulled lower back muscles and sprained both ankles. He also has bursitis in his elbows and hips and a degenerative disc in his neck.

- Taste for cigars: At his Tampa home, Cena maintains a humidor that holds more than 300 cigars.

Sharon Stone

- Size: The Meadville, Pa., native is 5-foot-7 1/2.

- Sexy scenes: Who doesn't remember Stone's infamous no-panties leg cross in Basic Instinct?

- Lesbian love: Part of Stone's Basic Instinct was getting it on with another woman.

- Scars: Stone bears a scar on her neck from a childhood horseback-riding accident.

- Medical condition: Stone has diabetes.

- Charity involvement: Stone lends her support to the AIDS foundation AMFAR.

Kelly Carlson

- Size: Minneapolis-born Carlson is 5-foot-5.

- Sexy scenes: On Nip/Tuck, Carlson says Kimber and Dr. Troy (Julian McMahon) hit the sheets again in an even racier upcoming scene.

- Lesbian love: Carlson recalls her lesbian sex scene with Nip/Tuck guest star Rhona Mitra (Kit): "She was so beautiful, I was just all over the place. I'd do it again."

- Scars: As a teen, Carlson's horse knocked one of her teeth out.

- Medical condition: Carlson has arthritis in her hands.

- Charity involvement: Carlson, who grew up cleaning horse stables, taught riding to mentally disabled children. Also, she is getting involved with rescuing horses from slaughterhouses.

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