Vin Diesel reveals why he and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson are feuding.
CNN)Remember Vin Diesel and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s high-profile dispute a few years ago? Put it down to “tough love.”
Diesel explained why he and his former “Fast & Furious” franchise co-star Vin Diesel had a falling out in an interview with Men’s Health, something Johnson had publicly addressed back in 2018.
According to Diesel, he had to take a tough position with Johnson, who portrayed Luke Hobbs, as a producer for the franchise.
“The Hobbs persona was a difficult figure to embrace,” Diesel told Men’s Health. “At the time, I used a lot of tough love to help bring that performance to where it needed to be. Hobbs strikes you like a ton of bricks as a producer who says, “OK, we’re going to take Dwayne Johnson, who is connected with wrestling, and we’re going to push this cinematic universe, audience members, to see his character as someone they don’t know.””That look is something that I’m proud of,” Diesel continued.
“That was a lot of effort. We had to get there, and I used to be able to provide a lot of harsh love at that time “he stated “I’m not Felliniesque, but I’d go to any length to obtain performances in whatever project I’m working on.”
Johnson shared a photo on his verified Instagram account in 2016 in which he discussed filming “The Fate of the Furious” and said, “Some (male co-stars) handle themselves as stand up guys and genuine professionals, while others don’t,” which he has since removed.
That sparked speculation that he was referring to Diesel.
Johnson also shared a clip from the shoot on Instagram with the caption, “You know how much I believe in the concept of TEAM EFFORT since you’re reading this. When someone walks onto my set or becomes a partner with our production firm, I must appreciate them, their time, and their worth. And, as with any team – that is, a family – there will be disagreements.”
“There will be conflicts of opinion and essential core ideas in the family,” Johnson added. “Conflict, in my opinion, may be a positive thing if it is followed by tremendous resolution.”
“Vin and I had a few chats, including one crucial face-to-face in my trailer,” he told Rolling Stone in 2018.
“And what I realized is that our perspectives on how we approach filmmaking and collaboration are fundamentally different,” he remarked. “It took some time for me to figure it out, but I’m happy for the clarity. Whether or whether we work together again.”
Johnson went on to star in the 2019 spin-off “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw,” but he isn’t in the upcoming picture “F9,” which is set to be released on Friday.
Johnson’s representatives have been contacted by CNN for comment on Diesel’s remarks.