It sounds like Vin Diesel and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson have finally buried the hatchet. According to earlier reports, the two actors have been feuding ever since a fight on the set of “The Fate of the Furious,” the latest installment in the “Fast and Furious” movie franchise. The beef got so bad, some theorized it could hurt the franchise as a whole, pushing one or both actors away from the next film in the series. However, the latest rumor alleges that Diesel and Johnson have met privately to discuss their issues, and now the problem is resolved. The two are reportedly ready to work together again for the next installment of the "Fast and Furious" franchise.
The report comes out of TMZ, which claims to have spoken with sources close to the film’s production. According to the outlet, the two became ensnared in an argument about screen time during the film’s production. Apparently, Johnson wanted more screen time, but in the end had to concede that the film was Diesel’s baby. Diesel also served as a producer on “The Fate of the Furious.”
The beef began last year when Johnson made a post on Instagram alleging that some of his male co-stars “conduct themselves as stand up men and true professionals, while others don’t.” He went on to call those unnamed underperforming stars “chicken shit” and “candy asses.”
“When you watch this movie next April and it seems like I’m not acting in some of these scenes and my blood is legit boiling–you’re right,” Johnson wrote.
This post prompted a response from Diesel in the form of an Instagram video in which he claimed, “I will tell you everything.” Diesel, in fact, did not end up telling anyone anything. Instead, the next time readers heard about the beef with Johnson was a few weeks ago, when Diesel claimed he and Johnson had made amends.
“I don’t think the world really realizes how close we are, in a weird way,” Diesel told USA Today at the time. “I think some things may be blown out of proportion. I don’t think that was his intention. I know he appreciates how much I work this franchise. In my house, he’s Uncle Dwayne.”
That was before rumors started circulating about why Diesel and Johnson’s argument had started in the first place. As it turned out, the conflict about “screen time” may have been the result of Diesel cutting a credits tag that saw Johnson and co-star Jason Statham exchanging quips, a scene that may have been intended to setup a spinoff film starring the two actors. Whatever the real reason behind the turmoil, hopefully it's done for good this time.
Now in theaters now, “The Fate of the Furious” is directed by F. Gary Gray and stars Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Scott Eastwood, Nathalie Emmanuel, Kurt Russell and Charlize Theron.