Dwayne Johnson is not only one of the most popular but also one of the most respected stars in Hollywood. His achievements speak for themselves. Whether it be inside the squared circle of WWE or on the silver screen, Dwayne has always garnered tremendous respect for his work and his professionalism.
The Rock entered the Fast and Furious franchise in 2011 during their fifth presentation. The WWE legend quickly stirred up a friendship with fellow star and the main protagonist of the franchise, Vin Diesel. Johnson, whose character Luke Hobbs was at odds with Dominic Toretto in the movie, was actually friends with Diesel in real life. However, that seemingly changed one day when the stalwarts were feuding publicly.
Johnson took to Instagram to wash dirty linen from the sets of the films and commented that his “blood was boiling” at his fellow male co-stars who are not behaving themselves professionally. This led to tension between Diesel and the Black Adam star.
“My female co-stars are always amazing, and I love ’em. My male co-stars, however, are a different story. Some conduct themselves as stand-up men and true professionals, while others don’t. The ones that don’t are too chicken shit to do anything about it anyway. Candy asses. 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.”, The Rock said.
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Johnson acted in only Fast and Furious films, with three being in canon and the other being a spinoff – Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw. The Rock later admitted to not returning to the franchise and was not seen in F9. He was replaced in the franchise by John Cena, another wrestling legend turned actor.
Dwayne Johnson regretted going public with his animosity against Vin Diesel
Despite the behind-the-scenes animosity being aired out in public, Dwayne apparently regretted his decision. His Instagram post led to a breakdown within the franchise and raised tensions about the future of the films.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, Johnson later stated that sharing the post really wasn’t his best day and goes against his principles. He also added that he doesn’t believe in sharing things like that and instead would prefer to keep them away from the public eye.
“It wasn’t my best day, sharing that. I shouldn’t have shared that. Because at the end of the day, that goes against my DNA. I don’t share things like that. And I take care of that kind of bullshit away from the public. They don’t need to know that. That’s why I say it wasn’t my best day.”
Dwayne Johnson will return as Hobbs in ‘FAST X’.
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Despite being at loggerheads with The Rock, Vin Diesel later extended an olive branch and forgot about their rivalry. The star also asked Dwayne Johnson to return to the franchise and take up his old role. This, however, was termed by Dwayne to be a manipulation tactic, and he wanted nothing to do with the franchise.
Things seem to have been sorted out and The Rock is ready to return to Fast and Furious. He will seemingly be a part of the Fast X movie, which will roll out soon. It remains to be seen whether all is well between Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel or if fences still need to be mended.