Fast & Furious star Tyrese Gibson decided to spend more than a few words going after the $180 million opening weekend of Hobbs & Shaw, the recently-released spinoff film starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Jason Statham.
In a now-deleted Instagram post, Gibson implies Johnson and company are "breaking up the family" with the release of Hobbs & Shaw. He refers to the "#FastFamily" the franchise has built over a number of movies and between the cast, crew and fans.
"I have to show my respects for one thing... He tried... Folks called me a hater... Attacked me for speaking out... Breaking up the family clearly doesn't have the value that one would assume it does," Gibson wrote, "You know what maybe just maybe... The Rock and the crew will come dance with us again for #Fast10 we can all hug it out and get back to giving the true fans who have supported this franchise for 20 years what they want... No hating I'm just pointing out the facts.
"#FastFamily has more value as the #FastFamily it's ok... there won't be any tears on his pillow tonight," he continued. "$180 million dollar global opening on Hobbs & Shaw is not a win... When you do get attacked well... That's that... Again my respects cause he tried his best."
The feud between Gibson and Johnson is nothing new. Gibson has publicly expressed his disdain for Johnson's involvement and integral role in the Fast franchise, most notably with the announcement of Hobbs & Shaw itself. The spinoff has apparently caused ripple effect, resulting in the delay of Fast and Furious 9.
Despite not directly referencing Gibson's comments, Fast and Furious veteran Michelle Rodriguez took to Twitter to say she is "happy for Dwayne Johnson & Jason Statham," adding, "Petty's not my thing. Unity is everything especially right now."
Im happy for Dwayne Johnson & Jason Statham, these boys have great chemistry & are bringing a wonderful playfulness to the fast family. Anytime an ethic human leads the charge in a franchise I celebrate it with joy Petty’s not my thing. Unity is everything especially right now 🌬— Michelle Rodriguez (@MRodOfficial) August 6, 2019
Directed by David Leitch (Deadpool 2) from a script by longtime Fast & Furious veteran Chris Morgan, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw stars Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Idris Elba and Vanessa Kirby.