The feud between former “Fast & Furious” co-stars Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson has been going on quite publicly for years.
In July, during the “Jungle Cruise” trip, Dwayne Johnson made it clear that he had no intention of returning to the main “Fast & Furious” movie series (but would be ready for a “Hobbs & Shaw” sequel).
Surprisingly, Diesel posted on social media in November that he had asked Johnson to come back with the ‘family’ for the last two major movies. It seemed like an attempt to bury the ax, but now Johnson has revealed that the timing of publication is puzzling as he had already privately turned down Diesel’s offer months before and that remains his stance. He tells CNN:
“I was very surprised by Vin’s recent post. Last June, when Vin and I didn’t connect on social media, I told him directly, and privately, that I would not be returning to the franchise.
I was firm but cordial with my words and said that I would always support the cast and always support the franchise to make it successful, but that there was no chance that it would return.
I also spoke privately with my partners at Universal, all of whom were very supportive in understanding the issue. Vin’s recent public post was an example of his manipulation. I did not like that he raised his children in office, as well as the death of Paul Walker. Leave them out of it.
We had talked about this months ago and came to a clear understanding. My goal from the beginning was to end my incredible journey with this incredible ‘Fast and Furious’ franchise with gratitude and grace. It is regrettable that this public dialogue has muddied the waters.
Regardless, I am confident in the ‘Fast’ universe and its ability to deliver consistent results to audiences, and I truly wish my former co-stars and crew members the best of luck and success in the next chapter. “
While most of the dispute has been proud male spikes thrown at each other, this is a more serious and carefully worded response than Johnson’s previous ones. The actor joined the franchise with “Fast Five” in 2011 and stayed from the sixth to the eighth inning.
The tenth “Fast and Furious” directed by Justin Lin is still on track for its premiere in the first half of 2023.