Dwayne Johnson Reportedly Threatened Vin Diesel’s $20M Paycheck, Nearly Wrecked $1.45B Movie: ‘This feud made shooting Fast 8 nearly impossible’

Dwayne Johnson Reportedly Threatened Vin Diesel's $20M Paycheck, Nearly Wrecked $1.45B Movie
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The infamous feud between brothers-turned-enemies has left scars and divided teams in the Fast & Furious franchise. Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel started an all-out war on the sets of their last shared movie The Fate of the Furious (the submarine one!).


Things allegedly became so bad that The Rock threatened Vin Diesel’s hefty $20 million paycheck by warning the actor that he would simply walk out of the production. Johnson alleged that Vin Diesel used his authoritative powers as a producer of the movie to cut scenes involving The Rock and that he had had enough.

Dwayne Johnson
Dwayne Johnson.

Dwayne Johnson And Vin Diesel Threatened Each Other

Reprising their lead roles of Dominic Toretto and Agent Hobbs in the eighth installment of the franchise, Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson parted ways post the movie’s release. The Fate of the Furious was the last time that the duo worked together following which Dwayne Johnson announced his departure from the franchise.

Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel in Fast Five (2011).
Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel in Fast Five (2011).

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According to details revealed by Business Insider, Vin Diesel reportedly got a whopping $20 million to portray his role as Dominic Toretto in the movie. It was alleged that Dwayne Johnson threatened Vin Diesel after their on-set dispute. With warnings of walking out, The Rock almost made the movie crash on its heels if he were to leave abruptly.

A YouTube video recalled the reason for the actor’s disputes while noting that Vin Diesel allegedly abused his powers as a producer to cut down scenes of Dwayne Johnson. According to the Jumanji actor, Diesel was often late to the movie sets which made shooting The Fate of the Furious “nearly impossible”. 


Although it was a bad ordeal that the actors had to get through, Vin Diesel revealed his side of things in an interview. Stating that this was nothing but method acting and tough love to keep the emotions intact, Vin Diesel wants a return of the actor.

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Vin Diesel’s Brotherly Love For Dwayne Johnson

Vin Diesel's brotherly love seemed to backfire at him.
Vin Diesel’s brotherly love seemed to backfire on him.

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In an interview after the release of The Fate of the Furious, Vin Diesel revealed that the whole ordeal was exaggerated by the media and was a thing of the past. The Bloodshot actor alleged that he was using his authority as a producer to protect Dwayne Johnson and not remove him from the movie. The actor also admitted that to bring their on-screen hatred for each other, Diesel used the tough love strategy on Dwayne Johnson.

This strategy and other tactics certainly seemed to backfire on the actor as Dwayne Johnson left the franchise for good with no thoughts of returning. Fast X is currently gearing up for a release wherein Jason Momoa is set to star as the next big antagonist. Fast X is currently slated for a release date of 19th May 2023 in theaters across the U.S.

Source: YouTube | Film United


Written by Visarg Acharya

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Visarg Acharya, Associate Content Writer, has been heavily involved in movies, series, and history. Having an experience of 2 years in the field of content writing, Visarg is a seasoned writer. Having a degree in Physics, Visarg Acharya has published a dissertation alongside a plethora of poems and short stories along the way.