John Cena pledges $500K to first responders fighting California wildfires, urges Paramount Pictures to join in

The actor said he believes that first responders are heroes.

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John Cena is playing the role of a fire-fighter in his forthcoming comedy film 'Playing With Fire'.
WASHINGTON D.C. [USA]: John Cena has announced that he will donate $500,000 to California fires first responders.

The actor plays a fire-fighter in his forthcoming comedy film "Playing With Fire" and on the honour of #FirstRespondersDay, he shared a video on his Twitter handle on Monday announcing his plan to donate the amount to those currently fighting the California wildfires.



The part-time WWE wrestler can be heard saying, "As you may know, I have a movie coming out called 'Playing With Fire' in theatres on Nov. 8. It's a wonderful comedy I think the whole family will enjoy, and it showcases a group of people that I believe are heroes - first responders." He also added, "You also know that right now California is in dire straits. It is burning. It is under siege from massive wildfires statewide, which means our first responders are working around-the-clock, and they need our help."

The 42 years old actor has also urged Paramount (the film studio) to take action alongside him.


"Today I asked myself, 'What can I do?' I have come up with an answer. I want Paramount to do me one favour. I want them to pick a charity. Pick a charity that aids our first responders as soon as possible and on behalf of 'Playing With Fire' and out of respect to the people that I truly believe are heroes, my response will be to immediately donate half a million dollars to this cause."
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Meanwhile, in California, thousands have evacuated their homes and there have been power outages in the midst of multiple fires.

Monumental Losses: When Fire, Seflies And Untied Shoelaces Ruined Famous Artefacts
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A fire at Brazil’s 200-year-old National Museum destroyed artefacts worth over $20 million.

Here are other tragedies that wiped out pieces of history:

(Text: Aarti Bhanushali)
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A fire at Brazil’s 200-year-old National Museum destroyed artefacts worth over $20 million. Here are other tragedies that wiped out pieces of history: (Text: Aarti Bhanushali) (Image: AP)
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York

In 1958, an accident involving a group of electricians working at MoMA led to a massive fire, which ended in tragedy. Reports claimed a spark from one of the workmen’s cigarettes landed on some sawdust, which quickly went up in flames, thus igniting a massive fire. Apart from the human toll, the blaze also damaged works of art including an 18.5-foot Monet titled ‘Water Lilies’, were charred.

(Image: www.moma.org)
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York In 1958, an accident involving a group of electricians working at MoMA led to a massive fire, which ended in tragedy. Reports claimed a spark from one of the w..
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Louvre Museum, Paris

The home to the emblematic portrait of ‘Mona Lisa’ was threatened by nature’s wrath when rising waters from the Seine River and heavy storms caused the authorities to shut the museum in 2017. Torrential rain caused water to leak into the Louvre’s Islamic Art and Eastern Mediterranean galleries. According to the museum, two of Poussin’s 17th century Four Seasons painting series, ‘Spring and Autumn’ (top pic, left & right), and De Troy’s 1736 ‘Triumph of Mordecai’ (bottom pic), were damaged and had to be removed from the galleries.

(Image: www.metmuseum.org & www.louvre.fr)
Louvre Museum, Paris The home to the emblematic portrait of ‘Mona Lisa’ was threatened by nature’s wrath when rising waters from the Seine River and heavy storms caused the authorities to shut the ..
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Norcia, Italy

Around the town of Norica, Italy, a 6.6-magnitude earthquake hit the area in 2016. The painting, ‘The Forgiveness of Assisi,’ by French artist Jean L’ Homme, painted in 1631, was kept in Santo Stefano church. Due to the church’s proximity to the earthquake, the church was destroyed. Thieves who stole the painting ignored the risk of the church collapsing on them when they cut the painting from its frame.

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Norcia, Italy Around the town of Norica, Italy, a 6.6-magnitude earthquake hit the area in 2016. The painting, ‘The Forgiveness of Assisi,’ by French artist Jean L’ Homme, painted in 1631, was kept ..
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Milan Art Museum

Things quickly went south for an Italian student looking for a photo-op. The enthusiastic lad broke an early 19th-century statue by hopping in its lap to snap some selfies. Titled ‘The Drunken Satyr’, the work fortunately was a copy of an ancient Greek sculpture.

(Image: Glyptothek, Munich & Nicola Vaglia/Corriere della Sera)
Milan Art Museum Things quickly went south for an Italian student looking for a photo-op. The enthusiastic lad broke an early 19th-century statue by hopping in its lap to snap some selfies. Titled ‘..
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Fitzwilliam Museum, England

The cardinal rule for entering any space with priceless art: tie your shoelaces. In 2006, Nick Flynn, a visitor to the Fitzwilliam Museum, accidentally tripped on his untied shoelace. The only thing that broke his fall were three 17th century Chinese Qing Dynasty vases worth 500,00 pounds. While Flynn escaped unhurt, the vases were not so lucky. They shattered into 400 pieces and Flynn was reportedly banned from the museum.

(Image: www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk)
Fitzwilliam Museum, England The cardinal rule for entering any space with priceless art: tie your shoelaces. In 2006, Nick Flynn, a visitor to the Fitzwilliam Museum, accidentally tripped on his un..
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