Actor Dwayne Johnson made his way into the hearts of Disney fans everywhere when he voiced Maui in the animated feature film Moana. Rather than an angry Pro-wrestler, Disney fans have come to see him as a loveable Teddy bear. Not everyone finds him so lovable, however.
Fast and the Furious Co-star Vin Diesel has gone round and round with Johnson for the past seven years. The pair have been engaged in a very public feud with each taking turns making low blows at the other. The pair have taken different tactics throughout the dispute but the one thing that they had in common is that they were always very public when taking shots at one another.
Johnson was always a bit more aggressive, speaking out against what he saw as a lack of professionalism. According to Insider, Dwayne Johnson fired then shot in the feud and called out the male stars of the Fast and the Furious franchise saying, “My female co-stars are always amazing and I love ’em. My male co-stars however are a different story,” he wrote. “Some conduct themselves as stand up men and true professionals, while others don’t. The ones that don’t are too chicken shit to do anything about it anyway. 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. Bottom line is it’ll play great for the movie and fits this Hobbs character that’s embedded in my DNA extremely well.”
After Johnson refused to reprise his role as Hobbs in future movies, Vin Diesel publicly addressed him in an emotional plea (that many, including Johnson, have called emotional manipulation). In an Instagram post Diesel said, “My little brother Dwayne… the time has come,” Diesel wrote in an Instagram post. “The world awaits the finale of Fast 10. As you know, my children refer to you as Uncle Dwayne in my house. There is not a holiday that goes by that they and you don’t send well wishes… but the time has come. Legacy awaits.” He went on to invoke the late Paul Walker in his plea.
Johnson said that the mention of his kids and of Paul Walker’s death wasn’t fair. He went on to say, “Johnson continued: “My goal all along was to end my amazing journey with this incredible ‘Fast & Furious‘ franchise with gratitude and grace. It’s unfortunate that this public dialogue has muddied the waters.”
In a 2018 interview with Rolling Stone Johnson apparently let it all out when he said, “But I wish him all the best, and I harbor no ill will there, just because of the clarity we have,” Johnson said of Diesel. “Actually, you can erase that last part about ‘no ill will.’ We’ll just keep it with the clarity.” Insinuating that the Jungle Cruise actor indeed wished ill will upon Vin Diesel.
Nowadays things have quieted down between the two. Johnson stunned fans in May with his re-emergence in the series, at the end of Fast X, despite very strong claims that he’d never return. Director Louis Leterrier said that it was a team effort to get Johnson on board again but the pro- wrestler turned actor eventually came around. Dwayne Johnson has been confirmed to appear in the last two films in Universal Studios‘ Fast and the Furious franchise. It seems the Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel feud may have finally been out to rest.