Fans used to consider Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Vin Diesel as a Hollywood dream team but the two megastars came to blows on the set of The Fate of the Furious and since then, their highly-publicized feud has become the subject of several reports and gossip. Last June, Diesel finally cleared the air and claimed that he purposely initiated the beef to bring out the best in his co-star.
In an interview with Men's Health to promote F9, the Guardians of the Galaxy star even went as far as describing it as "tough love". He explains: "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."
"That's something that I'm proud of, that aesthetic. That took a lot of work. 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."
Now, the Great One and star of the upcoming DCEU flick Black Adam is finally breaking his silence following Diesel's recent remarks. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter along with Jungle Cruise co-star Emily Blunt, Johnson said: "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."
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The Rock's comments seem to imply that he doesn't buy any of Diesel's remarks and the chances of them working together once again in the Fast & Furious franchise or any project for that matter may have just gotten slimmer. Johnson did confirm in 2019 that all is well between him and the Groot voice actor but I wouldn't be surprised if his recent comments reignited their beef.
Meanwhile, Black Adam is set to hit cinemas in 2022.
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