Vin Diesel’s plea to Dwayne Johnson over Instagram will not persuade the actor referred to as The Rock to return to the Fast & Furious franchise. In truth, Johnson sees it as Diesel’s model of “manipulation.”
The Crimson Discover and Black Adam star addressed Diesel’s prolonged Instagram put up from November during which the Dominic Toretto actor of Fast & Furious implored his “little brother Dwayne” to come again because the character Hobbs for Fast & Furious 10.
“I was very surprised by Vin’s recent post,” Johnson instructed CNN. “This past June, when Vin and I actually connected not over social media, I told him directly — and privately — that I would not be returning to the franchise. I was firm yet cordial with my words and said that I would always be supportive of the cast and always root for the franchise to be successful, but that there was no chance I would return. I privately spoke with my partners at Universal as well, all of whom were very supportive as they understand the problem.”
Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson in ‘Fast 5’ | Credit score: Moviestore/Shutterstock
Johnson confirmed in July throughout an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that he would not return for F9 and the tenth installment of the franchise. A part of the reason being his feud with Diesel that has spilled into the general public highlight, starting with Johnson’s Instagram put up in 2016 calling unnamed male costars “candy asses” after engaged on The Destiny of the Furious.
Diesel’s plea to Johnson to return started with, “The time has come. The world awaits the finale of Fast 10.” He introduced up his kids, writing how they refer to Johnson as “Uncle Dwayne,” in addition to Paul Walker, their Fast costar who died in 2013.
“I told you years ago that I was going to fulfill my promise to Pablo,” Diesel wrote. “I swore that we would reach and manifest the best Fast in the finale that is 10! I say this out of love… but you must show up, do not leave the franchise idle you have a very important role to play. Hobbs can’t be played by no other. I hope that you rise to the occasion and fulfill your destiny.”
“Vin’s recent public post was an example of his manipulation,” Johnson instructed CNN. “I didn’t like that he brought up his children in the post, as well as Paul Walker’s death. Leave them out of it. We had spoken months ago about this and came to a clear understanding. My goal all along was to end my amazing journey with this incredible Fast & Furious franchise with gratitude and grace.”
Johnson known as it “unfortunate that this public dialogue has muddied the waters,” however despatched his nicely needs to his former costars.
A consultant for Diesel did not instantly reply to EW’s request for remark.