Dwayne Johnson is not too happy with his Fast 8 co-stars. Formerly known as “The Rock,” the WWE wrestler-turned-actor has called some of them chicken s**ts and candy a**es in a lengthy Instagram rant. This has come as a shock to most of Johnson’s fans, since the movie star is known for having a “nice guy” demeanor.
Apparently, The Rock feels that some of his Fast 8 co-stars are not as professional as he is when it comes to acting. Dwayne also feels that their behavior on the set hurt his own performance in the movie, which is due out in April, 2017, and is being directed by F. Gary Gray.
Could this hurt Mr. Johnson’s image? Possibly. But will it? That depends on who exactly he was referring to and whatever happens next. And it is hard to think of people liking Mr. Johnson any less, barring a revelation of some sort that he has been secretly funding ISIS or beating puppies.
The Rock did begin his post with some positive words about some of his fellow actors, specifically the female ones. So we can rule them out as suspects.
“This is my final week of shooting #FastAndFurious8. There’s no other franchise that gets my blood boiling more than this one. An incredible hard working crew. UNIVERSAL has been great partners as well. My female co-stars are always amazing and I love ’em.”
So who are these women who Dwayne Johnson likes so much? The cast of Fast 8 includes Charlize Theron, Nathalie Emmanuel, Helen Mirren, Jordana Brewster, Eva Mendes, and Michelle Rodriguez.
“My male co-stars however are a different story. Some conduct themselves as stand up men and true professionals, while others don’t. The ones that don’t are too chicken s**t to do anything about it anyway. Candy a**es. 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.”
Johnson also added this post to his Facebook page.
This is my final week of shooting #FastAndFurious8. There's no other franchise that gets my blood boiling more than this one. An incredible hard working crew. UNIVERSAL has been great partners as well. My female co-stars are always amazing and I love 'em. My male co-stars however are a different story. Some conduct themselves as stand up men and true professionals, while others don't. The ones that don't are too chicken shit 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. Bottom line is it'll play great for the movie and fits this Hobbs character that's embedded in my DNA extremely well. The producer in me is happy about this part????. Final week on FAST 8 and I'll finish strong. #IcemanCometh #F8 #ZeroToleranceForCandyAsses
Vanity Fair is wondering who it is exactly that Dwayne Johnson was referring to when he posted this screed.
So who could the men that Mr. Johnson is attacking be? Well, Scott Eastwood (son of Clint Eastwood), Jason Statham, Vin Diesel, Kurt Russell, Tyrese Gibson, and star of the hit HBO series Game of Thrones Kristofer Hivju are all set to appear in Fast 8.
British action star Jason Statham is known for playing a tough guy in movies like The Transporter and The Expendables series. Maybe in real life, he is more like the bumbling fool he played in Spy opposite Melissa McCarthy. Vin Diesel, of course, made the franchise famous when he starred in the first The Fast and The Furious back in 2001. But it could be that the Chronicles of Riddick star, who is approaching fifty, has gotten soft after making a fortune in movies and being a pampered star for almost twenty years.
How about Kurt Russell? He is 65-years-old now, but has not slowed down at all performing in action movies recently, like The Hateful Eight and Bone Tomahawk.
MTV speculated that the rant could have been directed at Scott Eastwood. It pointed to the fact that the young actor also used the term “Candy A**es” in an interview with Esquire, in which he complained about his co-stars.
Mr. Johnson should avoid insulting Scott Eastwood. His father, Clint, might be approaching 86-years-old, but few people would ever want to get on his bad side, even now.
So who exactly was it that got Mr. Johnson’s goat so badly that he lost his cool in public like this? We all know what a “chicken s**t” is, but the term “candy a**” is a little more complicated. This could possibly be called a homophobic term by the LGBT community. After all, it is a synonym for “sissy,” and calls into questions someone’s manhood.
Perhaps we will have to wait until the movie actually comes out to look for the scenes where The Rock seems not to be acting at his best. He did say that the actor – or actors — who annoyed him disrupted his concentration when they got his blood boiling.
Hey, maybe that’s the point to all of this? Maybe this is all just a premeditated publicity stunt to keep the public interested in the movie, which will not be released for another eight months. And since this will be the eighth installment in the Fast and The Furious franchise, the producers might be concerned about ticket sales slumping. According to Box Office Mojo the last film in the franchise, Furious 7, grossed a measly $1.163 billion worldwide.
Dwayne Johnson did finish his Instagram post on a more positive note.
“Bottom line is it’ll play great for the movie and fits this Hobbs character that’s embedded in my DNA extremely well. The producer in me is happy about this part????. Final week on FAST 8 and I’ll finish strong,” he added.
Fast 8, which is due out next summer, will be the eighth installment in the popular series. Its plot has not been revealed yet to the public, and it does not even have a teaser trailer. All we know now is who will star in the movie, and that Dwayne Johnson had a tiff with some of his co-stars.
Judging from the overall success of the franchise, though, the plot certainly will not matter. Expect Fast 8 to make a fortune for Dwayne Johnson.
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