Dwayne Johnson Doubles Down on Feud with Vin Diesel: ‘I Mean What I Say’

by Shelby Scott

The “Fast & Furious” franchise has become a film hallmark since its initial debut in 2001. Further, the “Fast & Furious” cast has seen numerous character additions over time. One of the most notable additions to the franchise, however, is the iconic Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. The actor made his debut as Luke Hobbs in the franchise’s fifth installment.

And while fans adore the beloved actor and former wrestler’s performance within the films, tension between himself and “Fast & Furious” actor and producer, Vin Diesel, caused quite a media stir several years back prior to the release of “The Fate of the Furious.”

Now, The Rock has shed light on the years-long feud, sharing with Vanity Fair, “I mean what I say,” when it comes to his feelings about Vin Diesel and his behavior on the set of “Fast & Furious.”

Johnson got his start with the “Fast” franchise with the film’s fifth installment. However, the eighth installment appeared the climax in the Johnson/Diesel feud. He shared with the outlet he only agreed to return to do “The Fate of the Furious” as long as he didn’t share any scenes with Diesel. He said, “I wanted to forgo drama. I thought that that was the best thing to do.”

However, soon after, the costars’ feud went public, Johnson sharing a scorching post referencing the actor and producer. Since then, The Rock has confirmed he meant what he said regarding his costar. Although, he also admitted he regretted sharing those sentiments on Instagram.

“I shouldn’t have shared that [post],” he told the outlet. “[T]hat goes against my DNA…And I take care of that kind of bulls** away from the public.”

However, he confirmed during the interview, “I mean what I say when I say it. But to express it publicly was not the right thing to do.”

Dwayne Johnson Finds Humor in Vin Diesel “Tough Love” Narrative

On the other side of the feud, Vin Diesel previously shared his own perspective of the growing tension surrounding his interactions with Dwayne Johnson. However, the narrative appears quite differently from the actor and producer’s perspective.

Johnson previously found humor in that Diesel attempted to sell the feud as a facade. The latter implied he meant to invigorate the former’s character, Hobbs, on set. Diesel claimed that trying to remove viewers’ familiarity with The Rock as a wrestler posed a challenge. Diesel needed to draw attention away from The Rock’s wrestling career to build the Hobbs character. Although, his reasoning appears flawed–Johnson had already been steeped in the acting world for several years at that point.

Of the feud, Diesel stated, in creating the Hobbs character, “My approach at the time was a lot of tough love to assist in getting that performance where it needed to be.”

Additionally, regardless of the feud, the producer further shared, “That’s something that I’m proud of, that aesthetic. That took a lot of work…And sometimes…I could give a lot of tough love.”

In response to the sentiment, Johnson unintentionally insinuated it was utter b.s. In returning to the comment during the Vanity Fair interview, Johnson simply “bellow[ed] with laughter.” The actor responded with, “One part of me feels like there’s no way I would dignify any of the bulls** with an answer.

So, while we can’t help but love Hobbs and Dom in the “Fast & Furious” franchise, it seems little love remains between the former franchise costars.