The epic beef between Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Vin Diesel during and after the filming of Fast 8: Fate Of The Furious was probably the most entertaining celebrity feud of 2016/2017. It was almost like those two guys played in the NBA it was so petty. (Tyrese’s beef with The Rock was the cherry on top, however.)
As you may recall, The Rock dropped a blind item on social media calling someone in the cast “chicken shit” and a “candy ass” which turned out to be directed at Vin Diesel (who actually thinks he could take The Rock in a fight).
Johnson says their beef came down to a disagreement about professionalism. “Vin and I had a few discussions, including an important face-to-face in my trailer,” he says. “And what I came to realize is that we have a fundamental difference in philosophies on how we approach moviemaking and collaborating. It took me some time, but I’m grateful for that clarity. Whether we work together again or not.”
Does that mean he might not be back for the ninth installment? “I’m not quite sure,” he says. “Right now I’m concentrating on making the spinoff as good as it can be” – Hobbs and Shaw, co-starring Jason Statham, due next year. “But I wish him all the best, and I harbor no ill will there, just because of the clarity we have.” He considers this, then lets out a big, sly laugh. “Actually, you can erase that last part about ‘no ill will.’ We’ll just keep it with the clarity.”
The Rock also pointed out something I missed and that was the fact that he and Diesel were never in the same scene together during the movie.
He also stated that there will never come a day where you’ll see him get too serious in a movie role.
“No one’s going to see me play a borderline psychopath suffering from depression,” he says. “I have friends I admire, Oscar winners, who approach our craft with the idea of ‘Sometimes it comes out a little darker, and nobody will see it, but it’s for me.’ Great. But I have other things I can do for me. I’m gonna take care of you, the audience. You pay your hard-earned money – I don’t need to bring my dark shit to you. Maybe a little – but if it’s in there, we’re gonna overcome it, and we’re gonna overcome it together.”
Johnson also hit on numerous other topics in the lengthy interview including his thoughts on the March For Our Lives, the NFL national anthem protests, President Trump and much more. Check it out here.
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