Vin Diesel is reaching out to Dwayne The Rock Johnson in the hope of ending their very publicized feud. The actor took to social media to invite The Rock to re-join the Fast & Furious franchise for its final movie.
Addressing The Rock in an Instagram post, though not tagging him, Vin wrote, “My little brother Dwayne … the time has come. The world awaits the finale of Fast 10.” He went on to say that his kids still refer to The Rock as “Uncle Dwayne,” even though the two had a very public rift. “There is not a holiday that goes by that they and you don’t send well wishes,” he continued.
He then urged his former costar to participate for the sake of the movie franchise. “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,” Vin wrote. “Hobbs can’t be played by no other. I hope that you rise to the occasion and fulfill your destiny.”
Why is there beef between Vin and The Rock?
The feud between Vin and The Rock dates back to 2016, when Dwayne shared details about on-set drama without explicitly stating any names. It was clear that he was talking about Vin, though.
“Some [male costars] conduct themselves as stand up men and true professionals, while others don’t,” Dwayne wrote (and later deleted) in an Instagram post in August 2016. “The ones that don’t are too chicken s—t to do anything about it anyway. Candy asses. When you watch this movie next April and it seems like I’m not acting in some of these scenes and my blood is legit boiling — you’re right.”
Things settled down for a while until Vin did an interview with Men’s Health that irked Dwayne. “We had to get there and sometimes, at that time, I could give a lot of tough love,” he said, speaking about working with The Rock on set of the Fast & Furious franchise.
“Not Fellini-esque, but I would do anything I’d have to do in order to get performances in anything I’m producing.”
Will The Rock return to the Furious franchise?
Dwayne played federal agent Luke Hobbs in the 2011 Fast Five movie, reprising his role for the sixth, seventh, and eighth movies. From there, he landed a spin-off Hobbs & Shaw, but since the feud sparked between him and Vin, he’s not returned to play the character.
And it doesn’t sound like he has intentions to do so anytime soon, according to a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter. When the reporter asked The Rock about Vin’s comments and how he felt about them, he was pretty honest.
“I laughed and I laughed hard. I think everyone had a laugh at that. And I’ll leave it at that,” he said. “And that I’ve wished them well. I wish them well on Fast 9. And I wish them the best of luck on Fast 10 and Fast 11 and the rest of the Fast & Furious movies they do that will be without me.”
So far, The Rock hasn’t responded to Vin’s olive branch.