During the production of “Fate of the Furious,” stars Vin Diesel and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson became embroiled in a feud that lasted for months — and perhaps longer. This led Johnson to take to Instagram to call out his male co-stars regarding their on-set behavior. At the time, many saw it as a publicity stunt for the franchise, with later reports suggesting that it was all leading up to the two men taking to the ring at Wresltemania in support of their new film. However, a new report from The Hollywood Reporter indicates otherwise; the feud between the two stars may very well be real, with Universal deciding to separate the two during press, including during the “Fate of the Furious” presentation at CinemaCon earlier this week.
As fans know, Johnson was on hand at CinemaCon to promote both “Baywatch” and “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.” However, the actor was noticeably absent during the “Fate of the Furious” presentation, where Diesel was joined by the rest of the cast to promote the highly-anticipated eighth installment of the “Fast and Furious” franchise. According to this new report, this is because the studio is trying to keep the two apart as much as possible during press.
Universal previously released a statement regarding the feud between the two actors, insisting that it wouldn’t affect the promotional tour when the time came: “What happened is over, and no one expects there to be any lingering effects. When it comes time to promote the movie, this will have no bearing.” This, of course, appeared to be true when the two were on hand to launch the first trailer back in December. However, whatever beef there is between the two of them doesn’t seem to have faded. Nevertheless, the film — which should easily pull in over $100 million during its opening weekend — will more than likely see a boost from the feud, if anything.
Directed by F. Gary Gray (“Straight Outta Compton,” “The Italian Job”), the film stars returning franchise veterans Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Elsa Pataky and Kurt Russell, joined by newcomers Charlize Theron, Scott Eastwood and Helen Mirren. “The Fate of the Furious” opens April 14.