A good amount of talk surrounding the release of The Fate of the Furious, the eighth entry in the blockbuster franchise, came from a behind-the-scenes feud brewing between stars Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel.
The public was brought into the know when Johnson shared a now-deleted Instagram post calling out certain “candy asses.”
“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,” Johnson posted. “When you watch [The Fate of the Furious] next April and it seems like I’m not acting in some of these scenes and my blood is legit boiling ― you’re right.”
Rumours immediately began flying every which way regarding just who it was Johnson was referring to. It didn’t take long for Diesel’s name to be locked in.
Johnson has now talked about the conflict, confirming that he and Diesel did indeed clash and, as a result, did not film any scenes together. In an in-depth interview with Rolling Stones, the wrestler turned media mogul and Hollywood superstar put the clash down to a “difference in philosophies”.
“Vin and I had a few discussions, including an important face-to-face in my trailer, and what I came to realize is that we have a fundamental difference in philosophies on how we approach moviemaking and collaborating,” Johnson said. “It took me some time, but I’m grateful for that clarity. Whether we work together again or not.”
And when asked if he would be back for a ninth Fast & Furious film…
“I’m not quite sure. Right now I’m concentrating on making the spinoff [Hobbs and Shaw] as good as it can be, but I wish him all the best, and I harbour no ill will there, just because of the clarity we have…”
But not before one quick last jab…
“Actually, you can erase that last part about ‘no ill will.’ We’ll just keep it with the clarity.”
As Johnson mentioned, he’ll soon be leading his own potential Fast & Furious spinoff franchise, one that will kick off with his character Hobbs and Jason Statham’s Shaw. Charlize Theron is also rumoured to be returning in the film as villainess Cipher.
Meanwhile, Fast & Furious franchise co-star Tyrese Gibson hasn’t been shy about his unhappiness regarding both Johnson and the planned spinoff:
Hello world………. hello loyal fans and loved ones from OUR fast universe…….. I’m sorry to announce that if Dewayne is in Fast9 there will no more Roman Peirce – You mess with family and my daughters survival I mess with yours……… close your eyes dude you’re a “Clown”…… #CandyAssBitchMade All my real one…. Men on integrity… my real ones out here stand UP…… folks that GP to the gym and get big naturally #NoJuice #NoOJ spin off huh? Spin off these nuts selfish champ…… pause notice who’s got his arms around my shoulder and who’s standing alone – #OurChildrenMatter
Regardless of all the beef happening off screen, you can bet that Universal will be continuing the franchise for as long as they can, no matter what, with or without every cast member on board (although you can be relatively certain Johnson and Diesel are all but locked in for future installments). The eight films in the Fast & Furious franchise have brought in a total $US5.1 billion worldwide.
Fast & Furious 9 currently has a release date of April 10, 2020.