The Rock Johnson Calls Vin Diesel Manipulative: I Don’t Like That He Brought Up His Kids & Paul Walker’s Death
The Rock wasn’t happy with Vin Diesel’s message to him in regards to the latest installment of the Fast and Furious franchise.
Former wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson claims that his Fast and Furious co-star Vin Diesel tried to manipulate him into rejoining the cast. He was displeased with the way that Vin dangled Paul Walker’s death in front of his face. Paul Walker, 40, was an original Fast and Furious cast member who was tragically killed in a car accident in 2013. They were in the middle of filming Furious 7.
When he sat down for an interview with a media outlet on Wednesday (Dec. 29), he mentioned:
“I was very surprised by Vin’s recent post. This past June, when Vin and I actually connected not over social media, I told him directly — and privately — that I would not be returning to the franchise.”
“Vin’s recent public post was an example of his manipulation. I didn’t like that he brought up his children in the post, as well as Paul Walker’s death. Leave them out of it. We had spoken months ago about this and came to a clear understanding.”
He repeatedly stated that he would continue to support his ex-co-stars and wished them well.
Dwayne was referring to an Instagram post that Vin made on Nov. 7. He used an old screenshot of the two from the film they shared and captioned it:
“My little brother Dwayne… the time has come. 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.”
“I told you years ago that I was going to fulfill my promise to Pablo (Paul Walker). I swore that we would reach and manifest the best Fast in the finale that is 10! I say this out of love… but you must show up, do not leave the franchise idle you have a very important role to play.”
“Hobbs can’t be played by no other. I hope that you rise to the occasion and fulfill your destiny.”
The WWF alumni spoke to another outlet in October, recounting a meeting that he had with Vin. He said that they discussed some past disputes, including an incident where Dwayne insulted his male castmates on Instagram. That now-deleted post, which was created while filming The Fate of the Furious, read:
“Some [male co-stars] conduct themselves as stand up men and true professionals, while others don’t. The ones that don’t are too chicken s*** to do anything about it anyway. Candy a*s*s.”
Of the meeting, Dwayne explained:
“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.”
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson began portraying the character Luke Hobbs in 2011 with Fast Five. The character was so popular that he earned his own spin-off in 2019’s Hobbs & Shaw. That side installment would become Johnson’s last appearance in the franchise. He confirmed that he would not return for the final two films in July 2021. At the time, he stated that he was tied up with several projects; however, the behind-the-scenes drama was rumored to be a major factor.
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