The Fast & Furious franchise, like it or not, has been the biggest action blockbuster to grace our screens in an extremely long time. The franchise went from humble beginnings in street racing with a bit of drama to full-on action films with some cars thrown in for good measure. The series is enjoying its rise to fame and is not letting up with the sequels and spin-offs that can fully cash out on this sudden popularity explosion. However, the gears had a couple of wrenches thrown in it through some bizarre feuding happening with the stars of the films, most notably Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel.
The two have had a pretty public feud and have been at each other’s throats on social media and in public, which is strange considering their prominent roles. Dwayne Johnson responded to this in a recent profile by Rolling Stones by saying:
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.
And most notably when he was asked about appearing in Fast & Furious 9, he said:
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
So not exactly loving words coming from the mega-actor and it’s interesting to see that this feud can cause that federal agent Hobbs won’t appear in the next movie. Johnson is currently working on the Hobbs/Shaw spin-off that will happen before the next movie and since Jason Statham is his only co-star, I don’t think he and Vin’s feud will cause disruptions. It does feel like a couple of bulky men having a slap fight, but when you’re such huge stars in such massive franchises, heads are bound to clash. The two didn’t even film together in Fate of the Furious and opted to have scenes where they were separate from each other.
Maybe they should make a pay-per-view fight and make enough money to retire forever.