Diesel had earlier claimed, say reports, that he had to give some of his “Fast and Furious” co-stars some “tough love,” at which Johnson “laughed.”
In an interview on July 21, 2021, Johnson revealed the news.
“I laughed, and I laughed hard. I think everyone laughed at that,” Johnson said.
“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 and Furious’ movies they do that will be without me.”
During an interview earlier in June 2021, Diesel had finally addressed the tension between him and Johnson, which reportedly began after the two stopped filming “The Fate of the Furious” back in 2016.
“It was a tough character to embody, the Hobbs character,” Diesel said at the time.
“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— Hobbs hits you like a ton of bricks.”
“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 (sic),” Diesel said, speaking on the subject further.
Diesel and Johnson’s feud had allegedly started after Johnson shared a post in which he called his male co-stars of the “Fast and Furious” franchise “candy a— es.”
Although Johnson never named Diesel specifically, reports suggest that Johnson believed the actor was difficult to work with.
On the work front, Johnson finished shooting for “Black Adam” on July 17, 2021.
“That a wrap on BLACK ADAM Incredible journey,” Johnson said in a tweet.
“Hardest undertaking of my entire career physically and mentally. Worth every second. Boundless gratitude to my 1,000+ crew members, actors, and director, Jaume Collet-Serra. The hierarchy of power in DC Universe is changing.”
“Black Adam” will hit theaters on July 29, 2022.
Jaume Collet-Serra, who also directed Johnson alongside Emily Blunt in Disney’s “Jungle Cruise,” is heading “Black Adam,” said reports.
(With inputs from ANI)
(Edited by Ojaswin Kathuria and Nikita Nikhil)
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