A month after Fast & Furious 9 (F9) premiered in North America, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson suddenly revealed that he would not be participating in future projects of this franchise, despite his role as Luke Hobbs being confirmed. Lots of audience love. F9 is also the first time in the past decade that Dwayne does not accompany the family of monster driver Dominic Toretto on the big screen. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor said:I wish everyone the best of luck with Fast 9, Fast 10, 11 and the rest of the Fast & Furious movies – projects they’ll be working on without me.“.
And the latest statement of the former cult wrestler makes fans think about the bad relationship between him and Vin Diesel, the producer who is also the brightest star of Fast & Furious. The actor duo had a “smashing” screen with each other about 5 years ago, and it is possible that Dwayne’s decision to withdraw can be considered the last straw for this tense confrontation.
It all started with a pointless Instagram post
It is impossible to confirm exactly when the discord between Diesel and The Rock began, but the first time the two hinted at each other was in August 2016, when The Fate of the Furious (F8) is in the final stage of shooting. At that time, The Rock posted on Instagram (now deleted) the article with the following content:
“Universals is a great partner. My female colleagues are always excellent and I love them so much. But male colleagues are a completely different story. Some people showed that they were very professional, manly, but others were not. It’s a bunch of cowards who don’t dare to do anything. When the movie comes out in April of next year (2017), if you see me not acting in some scenes, or see that my anger seems to be real and not acting, don’t be too surprised. Bottom line: I’ll do my best for the movie, the role is perfect because this Hobbs character suits me very well.“.
Immediately, the phrase “cowardly” (Candy-asses) that The Rock used caught the attention of the fan community. And everyone implicitly understood that he was pointing a spear at Vin Diesel because of his unprofessional behavior during filming, often being late and criticizing the skills of his co-stars.
They reconciled but didn’t want to record together
In 2018, in an interview with Rolling Stone, The Rock eased public opinion when he admitted that his disagreement with Vin Diesel was simply a personal disagreement, because each person has their own ideal. stop. However, things did not end so smoothly, because the actor also revealed that he and Diesel did not film together in F8.
“It’s true that we didn’t do a scene together,” The Rock admitted, “Vin and I met face to face and talked together in my break room. And the last thing that I learned is that we have many differences in our philosophy of life as well as in our filmmaking style or how we collaborate with other colleagues. It took quite a while, but I’m happy to be able to sort this all out, whether we continue to work together or not.“.
Meanwhile, in an interview with USA Today, Vin Diesel also said that the conflict between him and his co-star is just like brothers who sometimes argue with each other: “I think people don’t understand how strangely close we are. I think the whole thing is being exaggerated. I think Dwayne didn’t mean to cause trouble, because he knows and appreciates what I do for this franchise. To my family, he’s like an “uncle Dwayne”“.
Everything seemed to have ended well…
When the Hobbs and Shaw spin-off premiered in August 2019, the conflict between Dwayne and Diesel seemed to have completely subsided. Even the former American wrestler thanked his colleague through a post on his personal page.
“Last, but not least, I want to thank my brother Vin for supporting Hobbs & Shaw. I read what you wrote, and I really appreciate it. You know, we’ve been on a “crazy” journey since 10 years ago, when we talked and you invited me to join the Fast & Furious family. I am really grateful for that invitation, because it has always been my dream: Join the Fast world and help the Fast family grow to the best of their ability. And of course, all roads lead to a single destination. See you soon, Toretto (Vin Diesel’s role)“.
By January 2021, about 5 months before F9 was released, Vin Diesel even posted a photo taken with The Rock, with the caption “I’m so excited“. This action makes fans really believe that the two have settled their personal conflicts, and they will soon see The Rock’s Luke Hobbs on the big screen in future Fast & Furious projects.
…then Vin Diesel added fuel to the fire!
Last June, when participating in an interview with Men’s Health to promote F9, Vin Diesel once again ignited the flame of conflict between him and The Rock. The actor said, “Hobbs is a very difficult character to play. I had to apply the “love for the whip for the leap” method to help the co-star get the best performance.” My thoughts as a producer were: “OK, we’re going to bring Dwayne Johnson, a famous wrestler, into the world of cinema, and have to make the audience see him as a character that he is not. they don’t know“.
“It’s easy to say, but it’s also hard work‘, Diesel continued, ‘We have to help (Dwayne) get the best acting, and sometimes, I also have to “love the whip”. I will do everything for everyone to have the best performance in the projects that I am producing“. In a word, the actor is “slightly criticizing” The Rock for not having good role-playing skills, causing him to constantly have to comment and edit “not very gently” to be able to bring an image. Luke Hobbs lived up to all expectations.
The result, as a matter of course, is everyone’s way
As mentioned at the beginning of the article, The Rock confirmed that it will not participate in Fast 10, 11 or any other Fast & Furious projects in the future. As for the sharing of Vin Diesel’s “love for the whip for the leap”, the former wrestler clearly expressed his bored attitude and had nothing to say: “I just laughed, even couldn’t stop laughing (with that comment). I think everyone will have to laugh at Vin’s statement. That’s it, I won’t comment any further. I wish everyone the best of luck with Fast 9, Fast 10, 11 and the rest of the Fast & Furious movies – projects they’ll be working on without me.”
According to cinemablend, USmagazine