The highly publicized feud between Vin Diesel & Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was a few years back. It all boils down to “tough love.”
Diesel spoke with Men’s Health about his explanation for why he and his former “Fast & Furious” franchise star had a fallingout, which Johnson had previously addressed publicly in 2018.
Diesel said that Johnson, who plays Luke Hobbs, was a producer of the franchise and he had to be firm with him.
Diesel said that Hobbs was difficult to portray. “My approach was to help get that performance there, and it involved a lot of hard work. Producers can say “Okay, Dwayne Johnson is associated with wrestling and we are going to force this cinematic universe, audience members to view his character as someone they don’t know.” Hobbs hits you like a ton.
“That was a lot of hard work. He said that it was a difficult task. “It’s not Felliniesque but I would do whatever it took to get performances in any of my productions.”
Johnson uploaded a picture on his verified Instagram account in 2016 that he had since deleted. Johnson talked about filming “The Fate of the Furious” with the caption “Some (male costars) behave themselves as stand-up men and true professionals, whereas others don’t.”
This created buzz about Diesel.
Johnson posted an Instagram clip of him filming and said, “You guys reading these know how strongly I believe in TEAM EFFORT. Respecting each person and their time is key to this. As with any family, there will be conflict.
Johnson stated, “Family will have differences of opinion as well as fundamental core beliefs.” Johnson said, “I believe conflict can be good if it is followed by great resolution.”
In 2018, he spoke to Rolling Stone and stated that he and Vin had “a few conversations, including an important face to-face in my truck.”
He said, “And what I realized is that we have fundamental differences in our philosophies about how we approach moviemaking & collaborating.” It took me some time but it was worth it. We will continue to work together, whether we do so again.”
Johnson was a star in “Fast & Furious Presents 2019: Hobbs & Shaw” but he is not in “F9”, which comes out Friday.