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What’s the Deal With the Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson Feud?

April 10, 2017 | Posted by Steve Gustafson

USA Today interviewed Fast and Furious franchise lead Vin Diesel and reminded folks about his alleged feud with Dwayne Johnson. Diesel revealed little about what happened and it just further added to the mystery.

What exactly DID go down?

The cast of The Fate of the Furious which is the eighth film in the $3.9 billion Fast and the Furious franchise, took to CinemaCon to preview footage for theater owners in Las Vegas back on March 29, it drew headlines for not only who showed up but also for who didn’t make it.

Diesel was there and gave a tribute to late actor Paul Walker and stood beside his castmates Charlize Theron, Kurt Russell and Tyrese Gibson. `Who was missing? You guessed it: Johnson.

It instantly set off more rumors that Johnson and Diesel can’t be in the same place at the same time anymore after tensions came to a head on the set of The Fate of the Furious. Interestingly enough, Johnson was there just the day before promoting Baywatch and Jumanji.

Everything started back on August 8, 2016 when the usually easy-going Johnson posted a scathing Facebook post aimed towards one (or more) unnamed male co-stars.

“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 s–t to do anything about it anyway. Candy asses.”

He continued, “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.”

TMZ got into things and reported that Johnson was mad at Diesel for repeatedly showing up to set late and refusing to start the day before 10 AM. “Unnamed industry insiders” were quick to share news. “Dwayne finally lost patience after [multiple] films when Vin showed up late for their final [shared] scene on Fate, ” said one.

This wouldn’t have been the first time Diesel has reportedly caused problems on a set. In 2014, he was shooting Furious 7 and spent a day locked in his trailer, then demanded Universal execs come to him so he could vent for 2 ¹/₂ hours, all according to the Hollywood Reporter.

After Johnson’s social-media attack, he and Diesel allegedly had it out in his trailer. That night, when the director called “cut” on the set for Diesel’s last scene at around 1 AM the actor told the cast and crew, “Daddy’s gone,” and left abruptly

Two days later, on August 10th, Diesel took to social media: He posted an Instagram video talking about coming home to his daughter Pauline, named for Walker, in which he added at the end: “Give me a second, and I will tell you everything. Everything.”

Things seemed to calm down and little to nothing was mentioned on social media or the news.

Until this past week and the USA Today interview. “I don’t think the world really realizes how close we are, in a weird way,” Vin told the newspaper. “I think some things may be blown out of proportion…I know he appreciates how much I work [on] this franchise. In my house, he’s Uncle Dwayne.” “I protect the franchise. I protect everybody including Dwayne,” Diesel told USA Today. “I protected Dwayne more than he’ll ever know.”

Ominous words that just add more fuel to the fire. Johnson has a solid reputation in Hollywood and it seems like it would take a lot to raise his ire. Unlike a majority of Diesel’s other co-stars, Johnson doesn’t need the Furious franchise to succeed. He can speak his mind and call out what he sees as unprofessional behavior. Something did happen and it was big enough for him to post about it. Beyond that, we can only guess.

As for Johnson’s future with the franchise, we’ll see. This latest chapter is being pegged to bring in over a billion dollars and money speaks loudly in Hollywood. But where do they go next with Furious? We got an idea in another interview and it’s pretty out there.

“I get, ‘Are you going to space?,’ and, ‘Please, God, tell me you’re not going to space because you’ll lose me if you do,’” Chris Morgan, screenwriter for each Fast and Furious film since Tokyo Drift, said during an interview with UPROXX. He then added, “The only way I’d go to space is if I had something so good.”

So he’s saying there’s a chance.

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