Vin Diesel has cryptically promised to reveal the real story behind his apparent feud with his Fast 8 co-star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, the New York Daily News is reporting. The 49-year-old Hollywood star, in an Instagram video Thursday, ambiguously hinted he would give an explanation over the controversy surrounding the eighth release of the Fast and the Furious franchise.
His puzzling response is coming less than 48 hours after The Rock went on a rant on social media slamming unidentified male co-stars, referring to them as “candy a**es” and “too chicken s**t to do anything about it.”
Entertainment sources say shortly after The Rock’s diatribe, a secret meeting was called between the two to nip the conflict in the bud and not allow it lead to tensions on set, with insiders saying Johnson had expressed reservations over Diesel’s decisions as one of the producers in the latest installment of the successful franchise.
Tyrese Gibson, who stars in the movie alongside Vin and Dwayne, confirmed that he was not the butt of The Rock’s rant in his own post, which he has since deleted.
“Let me calm you guys all the way down … I don’t know WHO he has a problem [WITH] and I don’t have any details of WHAT those problems are-as a matter of fact if I DID know I would tell you s**t!!!”
Despite Tyrese Gibson’s show of neutral support, there are reports that some co-stars are behind The Rock in the row, saying Vin Diesel has allowed his Hollywood producer role get to his head.
According to TMZ, Vin Diesel sometimes keeps the cast waiting for up to an hour before scenes are done, not by being busy, but simply remaining in his trailer.
Diesel had also disrupted set start times, pushing it to 10 a.m. because “he didn’t like” the 7 a.m. start time. There is also the allegation that Vin Diesel had a bit of goading his co-stars and criticizing their acting. The spat was said to have come to a head on Monday with Johnson’s contentious post.
Beyond vowing to tell fans of the franchise “everything,” 49-year-old Diesel said he was happy that the movie was wrapped and ready.
“So much has gone in this year. I can’t believe I wrapped two back to back pictures I both starred in and produced. Now I get to return to my family, my life…To me.”
The actor revealed that he could not wait to see his 1-year-old daughter, Pauline, especially since she had learned a new word, “happy.”
The Rock had followed his backlash with another enigmatic message talking about the pains of being part of family.
“You guys reading this know how much I believe in the idea of TEAM EFFORT. That means respecting every person, their time and their value. And like with any team — that’s a family — there’s gonna be conflict. Family is gonna have differences of opinion and fundamental core beliefs. To me, conflict can be a good thing, when it’s followed by great resolution.”
The Rock addresses his comments on his 'unprofessional' co-stars with a message about conflict and teamwork. https://t.co/SfOwkXxIkg— Rappler (@rapplerdotcom) August 11, 2016
The 44-year-old actor, who was homeless at age 14, has made a monstrous $64.5 million since June, 2015, and was No. 19 on the Forbes list of 100 highest paid stars, making him the highest paid actor in Hollywood. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was also named Forbes‘ highest grossing actor in 2013.
The adrenaline action flick, Fast 8, is due in cinemas April, 2017, with newcomers Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren as part of the cast. Fast 8 is the second film in the franchise other than The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift not to star Paul Walker, who lost his life in an automobile crash on November 30, 2013.
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