Fast 8 tensions have been rising almost from the first days of shooting, which is something that might have been expected, considering the film casts two of Hollywood’s biggest action stars together. Many suspected that what seemed like a feud between Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson was just a gimmick to promote a WWE match, but new comments from Johnson, also known as The Rock, reveals that there is genuine animosity between Vin Diesel and himself. Dwayne shows no regret over his comments criticizing his Fast 8 co-stars, inviting Diesel to follow up with a response.
Fast 8 Stars Are Candy A–es, Says Dwayne Johnson
Entertainment Tonight reveals that Dwayne Johnson revisited the caption of that viral Instagram post in which he commended much of the cast and crew of Fast 8, but added that some of his male co-stars were “candy a–es.” Looking back, months later, Johnson still doesn’t regret his harsh criticism and feels just as spiteful of Vin Diesel as ever. He says he chose his words very deliberately and that he still stands by them.
For the record, Dwayne Johnson captioned the initial Instagram post with his thoughts on shooting Fast 8, following the project’s wrap. After complimenting the women on the cast, Johnson shared an unrestrained rant about his male co-stars, which the online community took to mean Vin Diesel in particular.
“My male co-stars however are a different story,” Johnson wrote in part. “Some conduct themselves as stand up men and true professionals, while others don’t. The ones that don’t are too chicken sh– 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.”
In the new interview, Fast 8‘s Dwayne Johnson reveals that, while Universal has frowned upon the feud between The Rock and Diesel, interest in the Fast & Furious sequel has intensified, since the start of the conflict.
Sources from the Fast 8 set indicate that the tension between the two actors was instigated by Vin’s frequent tardiness. By the end of the Fast 8 filming schedule, Johnson was fed up with Diesel’s late arrivals and behavior, while on the set.
Dwayne Johnson Won’t Pretend To Be Something He’s Not
Dwayne remembers the year things changed for him in Hollywood. It was 2008 and he tells the Los Angeles Times that he remembers it so specifically, because it was the year he stopped trying to be the Dwayne Johnson he thought Hollywood executives would like. When he first came to Tinsel Town, the Fast 8 star says he toned down references to his wrestling past, dressed in long sleeves to hide his tattoos, and tried to hide his muscles out of a fear that Hollywood had no place for someone like him.
“And then it hit me: I’m not being authentic,” Johnson said. “I’m really not being me. I like going to the gym. I like driving my pickup truck and maybe I don’t want to live in Hollywood. Maybe I want to live in Florida in the country. Maybe I don’t want to wear a suit. I love wrestling and I love going back and being with the fans even if I don’t wrestle anymore. I’m that guy.”
For the most part, Dwayne is the down-to-earth kind of guy and tries to live simply, but, like any successful person, he does have his indulgences. For the Fast 8 actor, that means packing up his girlfriend, daughter, housekeeper, and his French bulldog for location shoots. There’s just one other thing Mr. Johnson won’t do without: his Ford F150.
Johnson has it shipped every place he goes.
“That’s my thing. I’m not into sports cars. I can’t fit into them,” says Fast 8’s Johnson. “And I can’t have people drive me. I don’t like service that way.”
Fast 8 is set to premiere on April 14, 2017, in theaters.
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