Dwayne Johnson Opens Up About Vin Diesel Joke in Upcoming Movie

by Suzanne Halliburton
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It’s well known Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel have feuded in the past. It seems the Fast & Furious stars disagreed about work ethic.

But that didn’t stop The Rock from cracking a joke about Vin Diesel in his upcoming movie, Red Notice. Dwayne Johnson promised it was all in good fun. Also, keep in mind, the Rock said he didn’t write said joke. Blame those pesky writers and producers.

Johnson talked about his new Netflix movie during a Tuesday interview on the Jess Cagle Show on Sirius/XM. Cagle pondered whether the joke could “set everything off again” between the two stars. However, Johnson said the joke wasn’t his idea. He did it for the fans.

“People were asking me about that and they just, they find a way, and you know, what’s interesting is, you know, these Vin Diesel jokes, which play great by the way to the audience, which is always a good thing… because it’s really, it’s all about them.

“But, people think these jokes come from me and they actually don’t,” Johnson said. “I mean, you’d be surprised at how many people come to me with ‘I got a great one.’ I’m like ‘okay.’ ‘I got another great Vin Diesel joke.’ ‘I’m sure you do.’ Always funny.”

In Earlier Interview Dwayne Johnson Called Diesel’s Comments ‘Bull’

So about that Fast & Furious feud. Diesel is the star of the franchise. But Johnson, aka joined the cast for the fifth installment of Fast and Furious franchise. He followed that with appearances in Fast and Furious 6Furious 7 and The Fate of the Furious. Johnson and Jason Statham co-starred in a Furious spinoff, Hobbs & Shaw. He didn’t appear in F9, a blockbuster this summer. Over the past two decades, the franchise topped $6 billion at the box office.

Diesel, in an interview this summer with Men’s Health, answered questions about what started the spat with Johnson. Diesel said Johnson struggled with the role.

“It was a tough character to embody, the Hobbs character,” Diesel said of the Rock’s role. “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 took a lot of work,” he said. “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.”

Johnson didn’t appreciate Diesel’s description. He told Vanity Fair “One part of me feels like there’s no way I would dignify any of that bull—- with an answer. I’ve been around the block a lot of times. Unlike (Diesel), I did not come from the world of theater. And, you know, I came up differently and was raised differently.”

Johnson’s Red Notice drops, Nov. 12. The movie also stars Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot.