Hollywood is no stranger to intense rivalries and behind-the-scenes drama, and one of the most talked-about feuds in recent years has been between two heavyweight action stars: Vin Diesel and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
Once considered an unstoppable duo in the Fast and Furious franchise, their apparent falling out has become a topic of great intrigue for fans and industry insiders alike. In this article, we delve into the reasons behind the bitter breakup of these two charismatic actors, shedding light on the series of events and circumstances that led to their troubled relationship.
From rumored clashes on set to public statements, we explore the factors that fueled the rift between Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson, leaving fans wondering if their once-unbreakable bond can ever be restored.
Dwayne Johnson returns to ‘Fast and Furious’
The announcement of Dwayne Johnson’s return to the ‘Fast and Furious’ saga surprised fans at the time. That’s because between the actor and his co-star in these movies, Vin Diesel, not everything has been rosy (almost never).
Fraternity and determination
In a video shared by Dwayne Johnson on Twitter in June 2023, he commented, “Last summer Vin and I put the past behind us. We lead with brotherhood and determination, and we will always take care of the franchise, the characters, and the FANS we love,” he revealed.
Differences between siblings
“Even though we have our differences, Vin and I have been like brothers for years,” the actor continued. But how did it all get to this point?
Fast and furious 5
Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson worked together, for the first time, in the fifth part of the ‘Fast and Furious’ franchise, one of the most remembered and beloved films in the saga mainly for the introduction of The Rock’s character, agent Luke Hobbs , in the history.
The beginning of everything
However, the relationship between the two began to get complicated when Dwayne Johnson made a certain post on Instagram in August 2016, just after the filming of ‘Fast and Furious 8’ finished.
“My male costars, however, are a different story”
“There is no other franchise that boils my blood more than this one. My female co-stars are always amazing and I love them. My male costars, however, are a different story,” she commented on the post.
The post sparked controversy because in addition to claiming that some of her male co-stars were unprofessional, she also used adjectives with the pejorative term “candy ass.”
Difference of opinions
A few days later, Dwayne Johnson published another post on his social networks to try to defuse the controversies: “The family is going to have differences of opinion and fundamental beliefs. For me, conflict can be a good thing, when it’s followed by a resolution. I was raised in an environment that resolves its conflicts.”
Hard to heal wound
However, Johnson had already opened a difficult-to-heal wound and Vin Diesel began to give his opinion on the facts in interviews.
In an interview with USA Today, Diesel commented: “I think some things can be blown out of proportion. I don’t think that was his intention. I know you appreciate how much I work on this franchise. At my house, he’s Uncle Dwayne.”
In the same interview with USA Today, Vin also positioned himself with a certain paternalism, assuring that he was like an older brother, in the world of cinema, for Johnson.
Just an older brother
That comment obviously didn’t sit well with The Rock, who replied: “I have an older brother and he’s my half brother. And that’s it”.
In another interview, with Men’s Health, Vin acknowledged: “It was a difficult character to embody, the character of Hobbs. My focus at the time was a lot of tough love to help get that performance to where it needed to be.”
A lot of work
“That took a lot of work. We had to get there, and sometimes in that moment, I could give a lot of tough love,” Vin explained in the same interview.
And for a while, it was like this: Dwayne accused Vin of having fundamental differences in the philosophy of how to collaborate on a production, while Diesel tried to justify their ways of working by saying it was for the good of the film. It was hard, but with love.
Until, finally, it was announced that Dwayne Johnson will not participate in ‘Fast and Furious 9’, due to scheduling problems, but the public knew the truth behind it.
The legacy awaits
Until, in 2021, Vin dedicated a post on her Instagram to Dwayne whose caption read: “My little brother Dwayne… the time has come. The world awaits the end of Fast 10. As you know, my kids refer to you as Uncle Dwayne.” In my house, there is no holiday that goes by that they and you do not send good wishes… but the time has come. The legacy awaits.”
Example of manipulation
Johnson did not welcome the publication with open arms. In an interview with CNN, he commented: “Vin’s recent post was an example of his manipulation. I didn’t like that he mentioned her children in the post, as well as the death of Paul Walker. Leave them out. We had talked months ago about this and we reached a clear understanding.
However, at the end of ‘Fast & Furious 10’ the public got a big surprise: Dwayne Johnson appeared in the last scene. A sign that peace was coming…
And so, finally, the video that Dwayne posted on his Twitter recently was warmly received by fans. Everyone expected to see these two great actors together again on the big screen!