In a CNN interview recently, Dwayne Johnson finally spoke about an Instagram post by Vin Diesel, in which his Fast & Furious co-star asked him to rejoin the franchise for the upcoming film. The interview was published this Wednesday, December 29, 2021, on their website.
In the post, the 54 years old actor asked Dwayne publicly to come back to and rejoin the franchise, which is so close to his heart, for Fast & Furious 10. Dwayne “The Rock” called Diesel’s post “an example of his manipulation” according to him.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson did not sugarcoat anything and talked about his feelings about Vin Diesel; his Fast & Furious co-star, openly in the interview.
Johnson said, “I was very surprised by Vin’s recent post.” He added more saying: “This past June, when Vin and I actually connected not over social media, I told him directly — and privately — that I would not be returning to the franchise. I was firm yet cordial with my words and said that I would always be supportive of the cast and always root for the franchise to be successful, but that there was no chance I would return. I privately spoke with my partners at Universal as well, all of whom were very supportive as they understand the problem.”
He continued, “I didn’t like that he brought up his children in the post, as well as Paul Walker’s death. Leave them out of it. We had spoken months ago about this and came to a clear understanding. My goal all along was to end my amazing journey with this incredible Fast & Furious franchise with gratitude and grace.”
“It’s unfortunate that this public dialogue has muddied the waters. Regardless, I’m confident in the Fast universe and its ability to consistently deliver for the audience, and I truly wish my former costars and crew members the best of luck and success in the next chapter,” Johnson added in his statement on the matter.
A part of the post that Vin Diesel wrote, to which the superstar of Red Notice, Johnson, is referring goes like this: “My little brother Dwayne… the time has come. The world awaits the finale of Fast 10. As you know, my children refer to you as Uncle Dwayne in my house. There is not a holiday that goes by that they and you don’t send well wishes… but the time has come.”
The representative, working for Vin Diesel, has not commented anything on quarry to PEOPLE up till now.
Johnson and Diesel’s quarrel first came out in 2016 when the filming of the eighth installment, The Fate of the Furious, of the long-running franchise was happening. “Tension has been building up for months,” a close source told the PEOPLE at the time, about the production.
Johnson had also penned a since-deleted Instagram post at the time, calling out his unnamed male co-stars.
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And at that time Johnson also made a post on Instagram, which was deleted later on. In the post, the Jungle Cruise star called out his unspecified male co-stars.
“There’s no other franchise that gets my blood boiling more than this one. My female costars are always amazing and I love ’em. My male costars, however, are a different story,” he inscribed, further adding, “Some conduct themselves as stand-up men and true professionals, while others don’t.”
Diesel, 54, in an interview with Men’s Health in July, asserted that he used “tough love” on set when it came to Johnson playing the role of federal agent Luke Hobbs in his Fast & Furious movies appearance.
“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,” he stated while talking to the magazine.
Talking to Vanity Fair for the November cover of the magazine, Johnson shared his thoughts on Diesel’s “tough love” comments, stating, “One part of me feels like there’s no way I would dignify any of that bull—- with an answer.”
“I’ve been around the block a lot of times. Unlike [Diesel], I did not come from the world of theater,” he continued. “And, you know, I came up differently and was raised differently.”
It’s a known fact that Dwayne Johnson is a crowd-puller and his inclusion in Fast & Furious 10 would have been massive for the franchise. However, the fan-favorite WWE star has no intentions to rejoin one of the best actions movies franchise in the future.