Uh-oh. Looks like the beef between actors Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson is real after all.
Several months back, Johnson took to social media to air his grievances regarding a particular co-star while on the set of the Fate of the Furious. Here’s what he had to say last August:
“There's no other franchise that gets my blood boiling more than this one. An incredible hard working crew. UNIVERSAL has been great partners as well. My female co-stars are always amazing and I love 'em. My male co-stars however are a different story. Some conduct themselves as stand up men and true professionals, while others don't. The ones that don't are too chicken shit to do anything about it anyway. Candy asses. 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. Bottom line is it'll play great for the movie and fits this Hobbs character that's embedded in my DNA extremely well.”
Of course, Johnson didn’t name specifically who he was upset at, but it didn’t take long for fans to guess who he was talking about. Yes, it was the franchise lead Vin Diesel, who reportedly would frequently emerge from his trailer late, while everyone else was ready to shoot a scene. At the time, no one seemed to be bothered by it, but being the hard worker he is, Johnson was much less accepting of such behavior.
While many felt this increasing beef between two big egos was genuine, there were some, this writer included, who thought this could be one massive publicity stunt that could culminate in a WWE wrestling match between the two. While the idea is genius, this most recent report from THR seems to indicate that their squabble is all too real.
According to the outlet, Johnson and Diesel are being kept apart as much as possible during their press tour promoting the film, which hits theaters April 14.
"They're keeping them separated as much as possible," an insider told THR.
This separation was most evident at CinemaCon, where Johnson was promoting Baywatch and Jumanji. However, when it came to promoting Fate of the Furious, he was nowhere to be seen, and was reportedly already back on the set of his HBO series Ballers. Universal is reportedly trying to downplay their feud, chocking it all up to coincidence of scheduling, but sources at CinemaCon told out the outlet that it would have been possible to change the schedule to allow all parties on the Fast 8 panel.
Is there still a chance this is all one big play in a final push for promotion? It’s seeming less and less likely.
The Fate of the Furious hits theaters on April 14, 2017.
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