USA Today is reporting that Vin Diesel is commenting about the on set friction he had with Dwayne Johnson, aka The Rock, on set of the new Fast and Furious movie, The Fate Of The Furious. Last August, The Rock went to Facebook and made comments about an unnamed male co-star on the film.
"Some conduct themselves as stand up men and true professionals, while others don’t. 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."
LRM has spoken of this feud before, even going so far as to speculate that the feud was nothing more than a publicity stunt that would see The Rock and Vin Diesel face off in a match at this year's Wrestlemania. That obviously didn't happen. Rumors have also gone around that The Rock and Vin Diesel are spending as little time together promoting the new film as they possibly can due to the legitimate heat between them.
In the interview with USA Today, Vin Diesel goes out of his way to praise The Rock. While he pretty much admits there was tension on the set, he attributed it to two Type A males butting heads in a professional atmosphere.
"I don’t think the world really realizes how close we are, in a weird way," says Diesel, who steered clear of the specifics of their disagreement. "I think some things may be blown out of proportion. I don't think that was his intention. I know he appreciates how much I work this franchise. In my house, he’s Uncle Dwayne."
"I protect the franchise. I protect everybody including Dwayne. I protected Dwayne more than he’ll ever know. And it doesn’t matter. He doesn’t have to know. But he appreciates it. He knows it," says Diesel. "Dwayne has only got one Vin in his life. Dwayne Johnson only has one big brother in this film world and that’s me."
Any workplace, whether it be a gas station, an electronics retailer, or a movie set, will have on set politics that can make life a living hell for everyone involved. We've all been there when a small incident, hitting the right pride buttons in your brain, takes something minor and turns it into a full fledged war. It's tough as well when you have folks that are all aiming for the same goal, of making their particular business as successful as it can be, in this case a multi-billion dollar film franchise, and the main principals involved end up having a fight which can bring the whole team down.
Vin Diesel's comments were back handed in their own way as well. They weren't needed. History has shown that The Fast and The Furious franchise was nothing until The Rock joined the team starting with The Fast and The Furious 5. If anything, Vin Diesel should be kissing The Rock's feet for keeping his career alive.
These types of feuds do nothing apart from giving movie goers a bad taste before the movie even comes out in theaters. While The Rock was wrong for bringing the feud to light on Facebook, Vin Diesel should have been more professional with his comments.
So what do you think? Do you side with Vin Diesel or The Rock with their feud against each other? Does on set feuds like this make you lose interest in a movie? Sound off in the comments section below.
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SOURCE: USA Today