The feud between former “Fast & Furious” co-stars Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson has been going on in public for years.
In July during the “Jungle Cruise” junkie, Dwayne Johnson made it clear that he had no intention of returning to the main movie series “Fast and Furious” (but would be ready for a “Hobbs & Shaw” sequel).
Surprisingly, Diesel wrote on social media in November that he had asked Johnson to return to the ‘family’ for the last two main films. It seemed like an attempt to bury the hatchet, but now Johnson has revealed that the timing of the post is confusing, as he had already privately rejected Diesel’s offer months earlier, and that’s still his position. He tells CNN:
“I was very surprised by Vin’s recent post. Last June, when Vin and I actually did not connect via social media, I told him directly – and privately – that I would not return to the franchise.
I was firm yet heartfelt with my words and said that I would always support the cast and always make sure that the franchise would be a success but that there was no chance that I would return.
I also spoke privately with my partners at Universal, who were all very supportive as they understand the issue. Vin’s recent public post was an example of his manipulation. I did not like that he raised his children on the post, as well as the death of Paul Walker. Let them be out of it.
We had talked about this months ago and reached a clear understanding. My goal all the time was to end my amazing journey with this incredible ‘Fast & Furious’ franchise with gratitude and grace. It is unfortunate that this public dialogue has muddied the waters.
Either way, I’m confident in the ‘Fast’ universe and its ability to consistently deliver to audiences, and I truly wish my former co-stars and crew members good luck and success in the next chapter. “
While most of the feud has been proud macho barbs thrown at one another, this is a more serious and carefully worded response than previously from Johnson. The actor joined the franchise with “Fast Five” in 2011 and stayed on for sixth to eighth entries.
The tenth “Fast and Furious” with Justin Lin helmet is still on its way to a release in the first half of 2023.