In recent days there has been a lot of talk about the rivalry between Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson, two of the most popular members of the ‘Fast & Furious’ family. Their first collaboration dates back to the fifth installment in 2011 and for years it seemed that they had a most cordial relationship. Everything was blown up during the filming of ‘Fast & Furious 8’ in 2016.
The Johnson explosion
Johnson published an incendiary message on Instagram in August of that year that he would end up erasing later. In it he did not expressly mention Diesel, but he did make it clear that several of his male co-stars were not to be trusted:
This is my last week of filming ‘Fast & Furious 8’. There is no other franchise that makes my blood boil more than this one. An incredibly hard working team. Universal has also been a great partner. My co-stars are always amazing and I adore them. My co-stars, on the other hand, are a different story. Some are good guys and great professionals, some are not. Those who aren’t are scared about it. Some cowards. When you see the movie in April and it seems that I am not acting in those scenes and that I am about to explode … you will be right.
However, People magazine published shortly after that Johnson was referring to Diesel, clarifying that the tensions between the two had been growing for months. Of course, some sources pointed to an unprofessional behavior by Johnson, while others alluded to a divo attitude on the part of Diesel.
In fact, the bad relationship between the two led to do not shoot any scene together in ‘Fast & Furious 8’ and Johnson’s message led them to have a face-to-face meeting to try to file different, as the protagonist of ‘Jungle Cruise’ confirmed in 2018 in an interview with Rolling Stone:
It’s true. We were not together in any scene. Vin and I had several clearings, including an important head-to-head in my trailer. And what I ended up understanding is that we have big differences in our philosophies about how to approach making a film and collaborating. It took me some time, but I am grateful for that clarity. Whether we work together again or not.
Filing rough edges
In between, there was time for tensions between Johnson and Tyrese Gibson to also arise, fueling the possibility that the former would never return to the main saga, since at that time he was already preparing ‘Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw’. Yes indeed, Diesel tried to lose weight in 2017 to his rivalry with Johnson with the following message coinciding with the premiere of ‘Fast & Furious 8’:
I don’t think the world understands how close we are, in a strange way. I said some things that were exaggerated. I don’t think it was the intention. I know he appreciates all the work I do on the series. In my house, he is Uncle Dwayne.
Of course, in relation to the tensions in the filming, he wanted to clarify that, as producer, he took many of the blows:
I protect the franchise. I protect everyone, including Dwayne. I protected you more than you will ever know. And it doesn’t matter. You don’t need to know, but you appreciate it. He knows. Dwayne will only have one Vin in his life. Dwayne Johnson has only one older brother in the world of cinema and that is me.
Diesel also clarified that He was glad of Johnson’s success, but that the problem was perhaps in two personalities as marked as those of both: “It’s not easy being an Alpha. And we are two alphas. Being one is sometimes a bitch“Johnson himself seemed to bury the hatchet at the time, commenting that”the most important thing is the movie“.
There was no more news for a while, but the premiere of ‘Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw’ aimed to be the final reconciliation between the two with the message of gratitude that Johnson shared on his Instagram account, in which he did not forget Diesel, even hinting at his return for future installments of the saga:
Last but not least, I want to thank my brother Vin for his support of ‘Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw’. I saw your message and I price it. As you know, what a journey this is and has been. 10 years ago when we talked and you invited me to join the ‘Fast & Furious’ family. I am grateful for that invitation. And as you know, my goal for all these years to join this world and help elevate the franchise in any way that I can. Of course, all roads lead to one place. I’ll see you soon, Toretto.
The closest thing one could hope to a symbolic hug between the two through social networks. A happy ending of those that are so appreciated, and that was even more when Diesel published a message on Instagram in January of this same 2021 that he was “very excited“for what was to come in ‘Fast & Furious’ with a still with Johnson.
Everything blows up again
It seemed clear that the latter was going to return for the end of the franchise, but everything went wrong with some strange statements from Diesel in June on the occasion of the promotional campaign of ‘Fast & Furious 9’ in which talked about his professional relationship with Johnson:
Hobbs was a difficult character to play. My approach at the time was to give a lot of ‘hard love’ to help get that performance to get where it needed to be. Say as a producer: ‘Okay, we’re going to have Dwayne Johnson, who is associated with wrestling, and we’re going to force this cinematic world, members of the public, to regard his character as someone they don’t know. “
“Hobbs hits you like a ton of bricks. That’s something I’m proud of, that aesthetic. That took a lot of work. We had to get there, and sometimes at that point, I could give a lot of ‘tough love.’ I’m not a Fellinian, but I would do whatever it takes to get performances in everything I produce.
It was a matter of time before Johnson responded and the actor decided to take it as a joke, but confirming in passing that he was not going to be part of the cast of ‘Fast & Furious 10’ y ‘Fast & Furious 11’, the two adventures that will serve to close the saga:
I laughed a lot. I think everyone laughed at that. And I’m going to leave it there, and in that I have wished them the best. I wish you all the best with ‘Fast & Furious 9’ and I wish you the best of luck with ‘Fast & Furious 10’, ‘Fast & Furious 11’ and the rest of the films in the series that you do without me.
It remains to be seen if they end up approaching positions again, but it seems that we will not see the characters of Hobbs and Toretto together again. Too bad the ‘Fast & Furious’ family broke up.
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this has been the long war between the actors that has broken the family of ‘Fast & Furious’