It seems that feud between Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Vin Diesel is still simmering away in the background.
Dwayne Johnson has confirmed that he won’t star in any more Fast & Furious films while laughing at his co-star’s claims he improved his acting.
Since 2016, there have been rumours of a feud between Johnson, who plays Luke Hobbs in the franchise, and Diesel, who plays Dominic Toretto, after Johnson hit out at ‘candy a**es’ on set.
In comments believed to have been aimed at Diesel, the former wrestler said: ‘Some conduct themselves as stand-up men and true professionals, while others don’t.
‘The ones that don’t are too chicken s*** to do anything about it anyway. Candy a**es. When you watch this movie next April and it seems like I’m not acting in some of these scenes and my blood is legit boiling – you’re right.’
Diesel, 54, addressed the tension in a Men’s Health interview last month and suggested that Johnson’s performance was all down to him.
He said: ‘It was a tough character to embody, the Hobbs character. 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.’
Johnson, 49, is not in F9, the latest installment of the franchise, and mocked Diesel’s comments in a new interview with the Hollywood Reporter.
He said: ‘I laughed and I laughed hard. I think everyone had a laugh at that. And I’ll leave it at that.’
His Jungle Cruise co-star Emily Blunt joked: ‘Just thank God [Diesel] was there. Thank God. He carried you through that.’
Johnson then added that he will no longer be starring in any of the future Fast & Furious films, saying: ‘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.’
The star made his debut in the franchise in 2011’s Fast Five and went on to star in Fast & Furious 6, Furious 7, The Fate of the Furious and the spin-off Hobbs & Shaw with Jason Statham.
Diesel has starred in all but one of the Fast & Furious films – the second film, 2 Fast 2 Furious – and can currently be seen in the ninth film, which had its release date pushed back multiple times due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
While the action film has received mixed reviews, it has been a box office hit, raking in over $600 million (£436m) at the global box office.
Meanwhile, Johnson has a host of new films coming up, including Disney’s Jungle Cruise, Free Guy, Red Notice and Black Adam.