Dwayne Johnson has finally opened up about his beef with Vin Diesel and has also revealed he may not return for Fast & Furious 9.
Speaking as part of an in-depth interview with Rolling Stone, Johnson revealed that Diesel was indeed the person he referred to as a “candy-ass” in an Instagram post that went viral ahead of the release of Fast & Furious 8.
The Rock went viral with the post, in which he accused his fellow co-star of unprofessionalism.
“Some [male co-stars] 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 a**es,” he wrote at the time.
Now Johnson has admitted that clashed with Vin Diesel over creative differences on the last film, with rumours suggesting Diesel vetoed plans for a post-credits scene that would have set up The Rock’s upcoming spin-off movie alongside Jason Statham.
The WWE legend also confirmed to Rolling Stone that the pair ended up not sharing any scenes as a result of the conflict and a series of frank chats.
“We were not in any scenes together,” he said. “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. It took me some time, but I’m grateful for that clarity. Whether we work together again or not.”
Vin Diesel is thought to also be unhappy at the fact The Rock’s planned spin-off alongside Statham, which is due to be released in April 2019, has pushed back filming on Fast & Furious 9 by a year.
It now appears unlikely that Johnson will return for that sequel, with the wrestling favourite revealing in the interview that he still harbours “ill will” towards Vin Diesel despite their previous discussions.
All of which is a huge shame. Especially if the sequel ends up being set in space or a crazy Pacific Rim crossover.
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