When they originally worked on the “Fast Five” in 2011, Vin Diesel and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson were co-stars who didn’t get along.
Onset, Dwayne Johnson, 49, and Vin Diesel, who portrayed Dominic Toretto and Luke Hobbs, had a rivalry that spilled over into the public eye when Johnson, 49, called out an unknown actor from the franchise’s set via social media, and many fans traced it down to Diesel.
“[Hobbs] was a tough character to embody … I would do anything I’d have to do in order to get performances in anything I’m producing”
The 53-year-old actor from “Bloodshot” believes their disagreement stemmed from Diesel’s reputation as a harsh producer. “As a producer, saying, ‘Okay, we’re going to take Dwayne Johnson, who is synonymous with wrestling, and force this cinematic world, audience members, to see his character as someone they don’t know’ — Hobbs hits you like a tonne of bricks,” Diesel stated.
“That aesthetic is something I’m proud of,” he said. “Wow, that was a lot of effort. We had to get there, and I used to be able to provide a lot of harsh love at that time. I’m not Felliniesque, but I’d go to any length to achieve performances in whatever project I’m working on.”
Diesel and Johnson reunited for the franchise’s sixth, seventh, and eighth installments. Johnson also starred in his own spinoff film, “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw,” with Jason Statham’s reformed villain Deckard Shaw.
“Some behave themselves as real professionals and stand-up men, while others do not,” Johnson said in a now-deleted post from 2016. “Those that don’t care are too chicken s–t to do something about it in the first place. “Sweet asses.”
Diesel, to his credit, never went low and sought to maintain the street racing franchise’s “family” aspect, telling USA Today in 2017: “I don’t believe the public knows how close we are, in a bizarre way.”
“I believe certain things have been exaggerated. That was not his goal, in my opinion. I’m sure he recognizes how hard I work on this franchise. In my house, he’s known as Uncle Dwayne… Being an alpha isn’t always easy. It’s also two alphas. Being an alpha may be a real pain in the (buttocks).”
Johnson also retracted his remarks. In 2017, he told Entertainment Tonight, “Just like in life, you have various views and individuals have different basic philosophies on how you do things.” “And, once again, the movie is the most important thing.