Attention Fast & Furious fans: there’s some more tea to spill on the long-running feud between Dwyane “The Rock” Johnson and Vin Diesel.
Just last month, Vin Diesel appeared on the cover of Men’s Health, claiming in a June 2021 cover story that he was responsible for Johnson’s performance as Luke Hobbs in Fast Five, citing the on the “tough love” he contributed. Diesel’s justification for this so-called approach stems from the fact that Johnson, a former wrestler turned actor, was making his first appearance in the Fast & Furious franchisee and that to embody the Hobbs character, Diesel needed to give Johnson a few tips.
“It was a tough character to embody, the Hobbs character,” he said in the cover story. “My approach at the time was a lot of tough love to assist in getting that performance where it needed to be. As a producer to say, ‘Okay, we’re going to take Dwayne Johnson, who’s associated with wrestling, and we’re going to force this cinematic world, audience members, to regard his character as someone that they don’t know—Hobbs hits you like a ton of bricks. That’s something that I’m proud of, that aesthetic. That took a lot of work. We had to get there and sometimes, at that time, I could give a lot of tough love. Not Felliniesque, but I would do anything I’d have to do in order to get performances in anything I’m producing.”
It may be over a month later, but Johnson finally has a response to Diesel’s claims. Laughter. “I laughed and I laughed hard,” he said in a Hollywood Reporter cover story. “I think everyone had a laugh at that. And I’ll leave it at that. And that I’ve wished them well. I wish them well on Fast 9. And I wish them the best of luck on Fast 10 and Fast 11 and the rest of the Fast & Furious movies they do that will be without me.”
His Jungle Cruise costar Emily Blunt also took part in the ribbing. “Just thank God he was there,” she says of Diesel. “Thank God. He carried you through that.”
“Felliniesque,” Johnson said in response, of course mockingly.
And, there’s that. Is the feud over? Most definitely not. Things between them are so bad that Johnson confirmed he won’t appear in any Fast & Furious films, except for potential sequels to Hobbs & Shaw. So, yeah, it doesn’t look like these two will be making up anytime soon.
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