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The Rock is done with Fast & Furious after Diesel’s “tough love” comments

July 22nd, 2021 by Marc Comments

Soooooooo… you all may recall a while back that Vin Diesel said he had to show Dwayne Johnson some ‘tough love’ in the Fast & Furious movies, but it seems Johnson hasn’t taken it too well.

In an interview a while ago, Diesel discussed bringing Johnson into the franchise with The Fate of the Furious and had some, em, interesting things to say about how, as a producer, he got the performance he needed out of the star.

“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,” Diesel said.

“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.”


Now, we all know that Diesel and Johnson have had a stormy relationship for a while now but it had seemed they had reached some sort of agreement (here) – however, if that is true, it’s probably true to say that things are no longer sorted.

In a new interview Johnson, promoting his new movie Jungle Cruise with Emily Blunt, was asked about Diesel’s comments and, in his response, dropped the bombshell that he’s done with the Fast & Furious franchise.

“I laughed and I laughed hard. I think everyone had a laugh at that. And I’ll leave it at that. And that I’ve wished them well,” Johnson said

“I wish them well on Fast 9. And I wish them the best of luck on Fast 10 andFast 11 and the rest of the Fast & Furious movies they do that will be without me.”

Blunt, also present, added: “Just thank God he [Diesel] was there. Thank God. He carried you through that.”

Johnson, throwing back Diesel’s own mentioning of legendary Italian director Federico Fellini, replied sarcastically: “Felliniesque.”


I knew when I read Diesel’s comments that it was going to end badly and, well, here we are.

Now, I doubt Johnson’s reply includes the Hobbs & Shaw franchise he and Jason Statham are carving out for themselves, having spun off from Fast & Furious, but, with rumours floating around that Statham is unhappy with his salary as it’s less that Johnson’s, things could be bumpy there too.

Anyway, let me know what you think… was Diesel out of order with his comments? Let me know what you think…m.

Source: Comingsoon

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….