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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Right now, Dwayne Johnson is one of the biggest names in Hollywood. While movie stars are really hard to come by these days (at least movie stars in the traditional sense), he’s one of the few who ranks up there with the best. By his name alone, he’s able to bring a lot of enthusiasm and fanfare to his projects, no matter how ridiculous or stupid it all sounds.

He’s also part of the reason why the Fast & Furious franchise had such a resurgence and has been a vital part of the team dynamic ever since Fast Five hit theaters. However, during the production of The Fate of the Furious, he had a very public feud with co-star Vin Diesel, who he blasted (though he didn’t name him) on social media. Now that time has passed, Johnson was able to open up about how he and Diesel left things:

“Vin and I had a few discussions, including an important face-to-face in my trailer. And what I came to realize is that we have a fundamental difference in philosophies on how we approach moviemaking and collaborating. It took me some time, but I’m grateful for that clarity. Whether we work together again or not.”

Whether we work together or not? Is he saying that Hobbs may not actually return to the main franchise? As it stands, we know that he and Jason Statham will be headlining their own spinoff, but will the main crew never reunite?

“I’m not quite sure…Right now I’m concentrating on making the spinoff as good as it can be…But I wish him all the best, and I harbor no ill will there, just because of the clarity we have…Actually, you can erase that last part about ‘no ill will.’ We’ll just keep it with the clarity.”

Wow, that’s very…blunt. So as it stands, Johnson doesn’t seem too thrilled about the prospect of returning to work with Diesel. Plus, add in some of the drama around Tyrese Gibson (who famously threw a fit when Fast & Furious 9 was pushed back to make room for the Hobbs and Shaw spinoff), and I wouldn’t blame him for not returning.

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SOURCE: Rolling Stone

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.