Like the movie franchise they’re both attached to, the war of words between Fast 8 co-stars Vin Diesel and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has yet to reach an endpoint.
Following comments from the former WWE wrestler that implied Diesel was a major diva on set, and the XXX star’s promise to “tell [us] everything” about The Rock’s real ways, co-star Tyrese Gibson has tossed his hat into the ring. And just as with a now-deleted Instagram post from Wednesday that was noted by E! Online, he’s Team Vin all the way.
Taking to the social media app, the occasional singer, 37, posted a picture of himself with Diesel, and sang his praises without ever addressing Vin by name.
“[We’ve] had too many moments to [count], too many heart [to] hearts, celebrated in too many countries, [had] too many exchanges, [and] too many play dates with our angels,” Gibson expressed. “Our brotherhood and every moment has inspired me to be a better man and father. [There’s] so much strength to pull from.”
He went on to refer to Diesel as his “family,” specifically his “brother,” that he continually learns “so much about sitting still and being centered in the mist of all of this unexpected energy.” That energy, of course, being the back-and-forth between Diesel and Johnson in the wake of Fast 8‘s filming.
“I’ve always said that if only people knew how hard you work to protect [the Fast and Furious] franchise and characters, minds would be blown. The fans around the world who continue to show up for us are just all around amazing. And if no one else will jump out there and stand up, I will. You’re my brother for life, [so] let’s keep it positive and keep rockin’ this thing.”
As positive as Gibson tried to come across in his latest Instagram rant, his post on Wednesday was definitely a lot more testy, especially as it seemed that he personally took offense of Johnson’s calling-out of his “male co-stars” from Fast 8(in Johnson’s defense, he did state that only some of those stars were problematic).
As reported by the Inquisitr on Wednesday, along with a video of Johnson singing “Happy Birthday” to his daughter, Gibson questioned how it was possible for someone to dislike the parent of a child who they had sung their “heart and soul” out to.
“Does any of us know why [this] bro decided to jump out there with his post,” Tyrese inquired. “No. Would one assume that if he’s going to jump out there and generalize [by saying] ‘male co-stars,’ he would [know to] be more clear and call out names? Of course, he should. I don’t know who he has a problem [with], and I don’t have any details of what those problems are, but if I did know, I [wouldn’t] tell you s***!”
Once Johnson’s comments on Diesel and the Fast 8 male cast went viral, he did attempt to calm the storm by releasing a statement of his own.
“Like with any team that’s a family, there’s gonna be conflict,” he shared via his Instagram, “[and] family [are] gonna have differences of opinion and fundamental core beliefs. To me, conflict can be a good thing, when it’s followed by great resolution. I was raised on healthy conflict and welcome it. And like any family, we get better from it.”
Johnson has yet to respond to either of Gibson’s posts, but like Tyrese, another Fast 8 co-star, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, has seemingly chimed in as well. On his own Instagram page, the rapper/actor posted a “throwback Thursday” image from an earlier film in The Fast and The Furious grouping that obviously took place before Fast Five — because Johnson, who made his franchise entrance in that movie, is glaringly absent from the image.
Fast 8, the first of three new additions to the movie collective, is currently set for release on April 17, 2017. Check out Gibson’s full Instagram post here.
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