As part of an extensive interview with Rolling Stone ahead of the release of “Rampage,” actor Dwayne Johnson has spoken about a number of topics from his battles with depression to his feud with actor Vin Diesel on the set of the eighth “Fast and Furious” film.
During the pre-release publicity tour, the close-knit ‘Fast’ family descended into seemingly petty squabbling in a series of social media posts. The feud began with comments by Johnson calling out some of his male co-stars (he didn’t name who), but it didn’t take long for people to work out the main target of his potshots was Diesel himself.
Both actor’s characters only share one scene together in “The Fate of the Furious” and Johnson confirms that it was done with the assistance of editing as the actors did not shoot together:
“We were not in any scenes together. 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 movie-making and collaborating. It took me some time, but I’m grateful for that clarity. Whether we work together again or not.”
He also tells magazine that he may not appear in the upcoming ninth installment of the franchise, though remains excited about the upcoming spin-off with Jason Statham due out next year:
“Right now I’m concentrating on making the [Fast and Furious Hobbs and Shaw] spinoff as good as it can be. I wish [Diesel] 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.”
Johnson also added that the feud actually helped Fate’s tracking as pre-release interest shot through the roof after that. The Hobbs and Shaw film opens July 26th 2019, while “Fast and Furious 9” is slated for an April 10th 2020 release.