Dwayne Johnson, in addition to his earlier fame, garnered from inside the rings of WWE, has reached a wider audience through his alternate career on the silver screen. The Rock, as he has come to be professionally known, became an integral part of the industry for his macho man image and becoming unfailing in the aspect of providing a good audience turnout, no matter what projects he chooses to work in.
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Dwayne Johnson’s Feud With Fast & Furious Star, Vin Diesel
Dwayne Johnson entered the high-octane Fast & Furious franchise in its fifth installment, Fast Five as Luke Hobbs. With his character becoming an audience favorite in its own right, he soon went on to feature in a successful spin-off movie alongside the other franchise regular, Jason Statham.
However, given the feud that went down with co-star Vin Diesel, the likelihood of Dwayne Johnson coming back for the grand showdown to the epic conclusion of the saga is slim to none. Diesel, on the other hand, revealed that the disagreement on set arose due to his methods of “tough love” during the production of their 2016 film, The Fate of the Furious, in order to “assist in getting that performance where it needed to be.”
In the Instagram post that Vin Diesel shared in order to convince The Rock to consider a comeback, he stated:
“My little brother Dwayne… the time has come. The world awaits the finale of Fast 10. As you know, my children refer to you as Uncle Dwayne in my house. There is not a holiday that goes by that they and you don’t send well wishes… but the time has come. Legacy awaits.
I told you years ago that I was going to fulfill my promise to Pablo [Paul Walker]. I swore that we would reach and manifest the best Fast in the finale that is 10! I say this out of love… but you must show up, do not leave the franchise idle, you have a very important role to play. Hobbs can’t be played by no other. I hope that you rise to the occasion and fulfill your destiny.”
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Dwayne Johnson Replies to Vin Diesel’s Online Request
In an interview with CNN, The Rock responded to the Instagram request Vin Diesel had put out asking the former to consider joining the cast for the final film, Fast 10. However, the actor was clearly not in the mood for reconciliation or reconsideration, since he stated:
“This past June, when Vin and I actually connected, not over social media, I told him directly — and privately — that I would not be returning to the franchise. I was firm yet cordial with my words and said that I would always be supportive of the cast and always root for the franchise to be successful, but that there was no chance I would return. I privately spoke with my partners at Universal as well, all of whom were very supportive as they understand the problem.”
The Rock additionally stated in a much detailed account of his qualms over his strict immovable decision to stay out of the franchise. He said that Diesel’s public post was “an example of his manipulation. I didn’t like that he brought up his children in the post, as well as Paul Walker’s death.” He further added:
“Leave them out of it. We had spoken months ago about this and came to a clear understanding. My goal all along was to end my amazing journey with this incredible ‘Fast & Furious’ franchise with gratitude and grace. It’s unfortunate that this public dialogue has muddied the waters… I truly wish my former co-stars and crew members the best of luck and success in the next chapter.”
Fast 10 (stylized as Fast X) will be premiering on 19 May 2023.