The Rock Rips Vin Diesel For Using ‘Children And Paul Walker’s Death’ To ‘Manipulate’ Him Into Returning To The ‘Fast’ Franchise

'Fast & Furious': The Rock Rips Vin Diesel For Trying To 'Manipulate' Him

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One of my favorite things to write about here on BroBible is The Rock constantly and epically dunking on Vin Diesel. Seemingly every time Diesel tries to chirp him, Dwayne Johnson comes back with an even better response that ultimately embarrasses Diesel even further. That’s certainly the case with this latest exchange between the two, as Johnson has called out Diesel for trying to manipulate him into returning for the final Fast & Furious films.

Back in November, we brought you the story of Diesel sharing an obviously photoshopped image of his Fast character Dom Toretto (he photoshopped the image to make Dom look bigger) facing off with The Rock’s Luke Hobbs, with a caption calling on Johnson to “fulfill his destiny” by returning to the franchise. It was wildly absurd at the time and is even more so now thanks to Johnson’s added perspective.

During a recent interview with CNN, Johnson ripped Diesel for using both children and the death of Paul Walker to try and manipulate him into returning to the Fast & Furious franchise for the final two films (the last movie, the tenth in the series, will be split into two parts):

“I told [Diesel] directly 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,” Johnson explained. “Vin’s recent 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. 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 franchise with gratitude and grace,” Johnson said. “It’s unfortunate that this public dialogue has muddied the waters. Regardless, I’m confident in the ‘Fast’ universe and its ability to consistently deliver for the audience… I truly wish my former co-stars and crew members the best of luck and success in the next chapter.” [via CNN]

Vin Diesel having a Napoleon complex when it comes to The Rock and his career will always be hilarious to me. Johnson essentially market-corrected Diesel two decades ago and he still hasn’t gotten over it.

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