Dwayne Johnson Counters Vin Diesel ‘Tough Love’ Comments About ‘Fast and Furious’ Issues: ‘I Laughed’

by Matthew Wilson

That Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson feud may have just reignited thanks to “F9” hitting theaters. And it’s definitely no laughing matter. Or in Johnson’s case, it’s definitely a laughing matter. The wrestler turned actor recently responded to his co-star’s “tough love” comments.

And Johnson had nothing but laughs. In a sit-down with The Hollywood Reporter for “Jungle Cruise,” Johnson addressed his other big franchise “Fast and the Furious.” The Rock revealed that viewers probably shouldn’t expect him to be in any of the upcoming sequels. If fans want to see his character Hobbs again, they should probably hope for a “Hobbs & Shaw” sequel instead.

“I laughed and I laughed hard. I think everyone had a laugh at that. And I’ll leave it at that. And that I’ve wished them well. I wish them well on ‘Fast 9.’ And I wish them the best of luck on ‘Fast 10’ and ‘Fast 11’ and the rest of the ‘Fast & Furious’ movies they do that will be without me.”

Even Johnson’s “Jungle Cruise” co-star Emily Blunt decided to poke fun at Vin Diesel and his comments. “Just thank God he was there,” she says of Diesel. “Thank God. He carried you through that.”

“Felliniesque,” Johnson continued in response to Vin Diesel’s comments about filmmaking. Felliniesque, within cinema, relates to the fantastic, bizarre, and the strange. It’s something that Diesel denied using, though he admitted using different approaches for the best performance possible.

Vin Diesel’s Comments on Dwayne Johnson

Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson’s feud started during “The Fate of the Furious” production. Johnson reportedly became fed up with Diesel’s diva-like antics on the set. Additionally, Diesel felt betrayed that Johnson was spinning his character off into “Hobbs & Shaw” instead of focusing on another “Fast & Furious” ensemble.

But recently Diesel tried to imply that the entire feud was part of a big method acting technique on his part. He said he intentionally tried to upset Johnson in order to get the best performance as part of a “tough love” technique.

It was a tough character to embody, the Hobbs character,” Diesel said. “My approach at the time was a lot of tough love to assist in getting that performance where it needed to be. As a producer to say, ‘Okay, we’re going to take Dwayne Johnson, who’s associated with wrestling, and we’re going to force this cinematic world, audience members, to regard his character as someone that they don’t know. Hobbs hits you like a ton of bricks.

“That’s something that I’m proud of, that aesthetic,” Vin Diesel continued “That took a lot of work. We had to get there. And sometimes, at that time, I could give a lot of tough love. Not Felliniesque, but I would do anything I’d have to do in order to get performances in anything I’m producing.”

But Johnson arguably disagrees with Diesel on their feud and won’t apparently be returning.