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The Rock Regrets Publicizing His Issues With Vin Diesel, Says He “Meant What I Said’

October 13, 2021 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson meant everything he said when he took his feud with Fast & Furious co-star Vin Diesel public, but he regrets doing so. As you likely recall, Johnson posted to social media back in August of 2016 referring to some of his “male co-stars” as unprofessional and “too chicken s**t to do anything about it anyway. Candy asses.”

It was later revealed that Johnson’s issues were with Diesel, who he butted heads with creatively on the set of Fate of the Furious. During an interview with Vanity Fair posted on Wednesday, Johnson was asked about his comments and he said that he regretted having shared his thoughts publicly.

“Nothing specific happened, just the same old shit,” the Great One said about what caused him to make the post. “And that just wasn’t my best day.”

He went on to say, “It caused a firestorm. Yet interestingly enough…[it was] as if every single crew member found their way to me and either quietly thanked me or sent me a note. But, yeah, it wasn’t my best day, sharing that. I shouldn’t have shared that. Because at the end of the day, that goes against my DNA. I don’t share things like that. And I take care of that kind of bullshit away from the public. They don’t need to know that. That’s why I say it wasn’t my best day.”

Johnson went on to say that he “I meant what I said. For sure … But to express it publicly was not the right thing to do.” He confirmed that they did have a meeting soon after in his trailer to settle the matter at the time.

“Well, there was a meeting,” he said. “I wouldn’t call it a peaceful meeting. I would call it a meeting of clarity. He and I had a good chat in my trailer, and it was out of that chat that it really became just crystal clear that we are two separate ends of the spectrum. And agreed to leave it there.”

The beef appeared to be squashed a couple of years ago, though it was brought back up a touch when Diesel said in an interview promoting F9 that the issues came from him trying to give Johnson “tough love” to fuel his perfomance. Diesel said that “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 responded to a question about Diesel’s comments by saying that “I laughed and I laughed hard. I think everyone had a laugh at that. And I’ll leave it at that. And that I’ve wished them well. I wish them well on Fast 9. And I wish them the best of luck on Fast 10 and Fast 11 and the rest of the Fast & Furious movies they do that will be without me.”