The actor is addressing his Instagram post ‘candy donkeys’ from 2016 – and the never-ending spinoffs.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson ends his now infamous feud with former “Fast & Furious” co-star Vin Diesel.
In an interview with Vanity Fair for the publication’s November cover story, the actor opened up about his beefy past with his co-star, explaining how the two are “philosophically different people.”
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Johnson, 49, and his “Fast & Furious” character Luke Hobbs first appeared in “Fast Five” in 2011. He then reprized his role in “Fast & Furious 6″ (2013), ” Furious 7 ”(2015) and“ The Fate of the Furious ”(2017), before starring in the 2019 spin-off film,“ Hobbs & Shaw. “
However, as is now known, there was a feud between Johnson and Diesel, 54, behind the scenes, with the former not agreeing to star in the eighth film, “Fate of the Furious,” if he hadn’t. not to do so. shoot all the scenes with Diesel. Johnson told Vanity Fair he “wanted to give up the drama,” saying he believed the decision “was the right thing to do” at the time.
But towards the end of filming for “The Fate of the Furious” in 2016, Johnson then blew up at least one of his co-stars as “chicken s – t” and “candy ass” in a scathing social network. post, which he then deleted.
“A candy ass is something you don’t want to be,” the “Jumani” star explained to Vanity Fair. “And the best way to describe a candy ass is: life is so much easier, I’ve found, when you’re not full of it—. And a candy ass is completely full of it—. “
As to why he shared the Instagram post at the time, Johnson said, “Nothing specific happened, just the same old s—. And it just wasn’t my best day. While he said he “meant” what he wrote, Johnson admitted that “expressing it publicly was not the right thing to do.”
“It caused a firestorm. Still, quite interesting …[it was] as if each member of the crew found their way to me and either thanked me calmly or sent me a note, ”he said. “But, yeah, it wasn’t my best day, sharing that. I shouldn’t have shared this. Because at the end of the day, it goes against my DNA. I don’t share things like that. And I deal with those kinds of bulls – away from the public. They don’t need to know it. That’s why I say it wasn’t my best day. “
Asked about the face-to-face “peace meeting” the co-stars allegedly had later in Johnson’s trailer, the “Jungle Cruise” star confirmed that there was “a Meet.« However, he said he would not describe it as “peaceful” but rather as a “clarity meeting”.
“He and I had a good conversation in my trailer, and it was from that conversation that it really became true. crystal clear that we are two separate ends of the spectrum, ”explained Johnson. “And agreed to leave him there. “
The “Rampage” actor went on to say that he and Diesel are “philosophically two different people” and “approach the world of cinema in two very different ways.”
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“It’s the philosophy of going to work every day,” Johnson said of his philosophy. “See everyone as equal partners. And look at the studio as equal partners. And look at the team, wherever you are, whether on the call sheet or otherwise, as equal partners – with respect and humility, and with respect for the process and for all the other human beings who dedicate so much time. time, so much hard work and fairness, if not more. “
Diesel, for his part, has shared his thoughts on his relationship with Johnson in the past. At one point, according to Vanity Fair, the actor said that Johnson “has only one big brother in the movie business, and that’s me.”
“I have a big brother and he’s my half-brother. And that’s it, ”Johnson told the outlet in response to that quote.
Speaking to Men’s Health in June, Diesel also claimed he gave Johnson “a lot of hard love” to get a better performance from him for the “Fast & Furious” movies, suggesting this led to their feud. . “It took a lot of work. We had to get there and sometimes at that point I could give a lot of hard love, ”he said at the time. “Not Fellini-esque, but I would do whatever I need to do to get performance in whatever I produce. “
When the VF reporter picked up this quote, Johnson started laughing.
“Part of me feels like there’s no way I’m honoring any of these bulls – with an answer. But here’s the truth, ”Johnson said. “I’ve been around the block a lot. Unlike him, I don’t come from the world of the theater. And, you know, I grew up different and I was raised differently. And I come from a completely different culture and environment. And if I feel like there are things that need to be sorted out, managed and maintained, then I do. And it’s that easy. “
“So when I read that, like everyone else, I laughed. I laughed a lot. We all laughed, ”he added. “And somewhere I’m sure Fellini is laughing too. “