The New York star said his good looks helped him garner
a large fan base but it was much later that he was offered
performance oriented roles. "I knew from the beginning that there
will be a lot more emphasis on my body and looks than anything
else. But, that was fine for me. I developed a huge fan following
because of my looks. Still, I got roles slowly from people who
believed in me, be it Sanjay Gupta, Shoojit Sircar or Kabir Khan. I
am getting films now which are all performance oriented. My graph
is on the rise now," John said.
The actor will be seen in a series of films this year, beginning
with Abbas-Mustan's Race 2 releasing today, where he will
be seen portraying the main villain. John says the film reminds him
of his first hit Dhoom. "Race 2 is a different
film. It's typical Abbas-Mastan film. Barring Saif Ali Khan and
Anil Kapoor, all the characters in the film are absolutely new.
Every character has grey shades. The film reminds me of
Dhoom. It is pretty much in that space minus the bikes,"
John will next be seen in Gupta's gangster drama Shootout At
Wadala, Sircar's Madras Cafe and romantic drama
I, Me, Aur Main by a debutant director. "It's fun to shoot
so many films together. People are worried about me because I force
myself to space things out. My mind is not left with any grey
space. It is a conscious decision to do different genres because I
love to do different films. I am not one of those, who like
sticking to the regular roles," he said.
John, who changes his physique with every film, said portraying
a different look each time has taken a toll on his body. "Changing
your physique for every film is very taxing. Your body takes a blow
everytime. I like to do my stunts myself and have hardly used any
body double. But maintaining this action-hero image hurts a lot.
You always face some injuries or the other," he said. The actor
turned producer with Vicky Donor last year and his maiden
production has been received very well by the audience. He says it
was important for him to turn producer so that he could churn out
strong but commercially viable films.
"It was important for me to become a producer because the kind of films I wanted to do and the kind of content I wanted the industry should have was coming out less. I am trying to marry content with commerce," he said. The actor is currently producing three films under his production house, John Abraham Entertainment.