Things are certainly getting awkward in the Fast and Furious “family.” After Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson called out several unnamed male co-stars from the franchise’s eighth installment, many speculated that he was actually referencing Vin Diesel.
A source confirmed at the time that Diesel was the main subject of The Rock’s Instagram rant after showing up late to set several times. Though the XXX actor has not directly acknowledged the beef, he has posted several sweet messages to his Fast 8 family after wrapping up shooting on the film. On Friday, he took to Facebook Live to share some more details with his fans.
“Know this, without you, I would not be doing Fast 8,” Diesel said.
He went on to note some casting and plot changes that came about at the request of the franchise’s avid fan base.
“The reason we brought Dwayne Johnson into Fast 5 was because of you!” Diesel said. “There was a girl named Jan Kelly who said, ‘I would love to see you work together on screen.’ So the role that was originally written for Tommy Lee Jones, we gave it to Dwayne and he shined in it.”
Diesel also praised some of Fast’s newest stars, including legendary British actress Helen Mirren.
“One of the best scenes I had in Fast 8 was working with Helen Mirren. It was so surreal. She’s such a wonderful, wonderful talent. It was such a blessing,” he said.
And though Diesel has been singing Johnson’s praises, the former WWE wrestler had no kind words for him. On Friday, The Rock posted another Instagram message after wrapping, in which he thanked Scott Eastwood, Nathalie Emmanuel, and Tyrese Gibson, before giving a blanket thanks to the Fast 8 family.
Below, Thr Rock’s Instagram post:
Finished strong and on to the next. That’s an officially wrap on #FastAndFurious8. Thank you to our director @fgarygray for the vision and execution. Thank you UNIVERSAL for being tremendous partners as always, thank you to all my fellow co-stars for the daily effort and grind. Scott Eastwood you handsome sumbitch! Natalie Emmanuel I have a cold Budweiser ready for you and Tyrese Gibson you still have the biggest smile and forehead I’ve ever seen.😂 And a huge THANK YOU to our hard working production crew – the backbone of our business. Your kind words meant a lot to me last night – thank you! In the end, we all rallied, as great teams do, kicked ass and will deliver an amazing movie to the world. Proud of our entire FAST FAMILY. And now in two weeks I’ll reunite with ol’ friends Kevin Hart & Jack Black and we have the honor to introduce a whole new generation to the amazing world of #JUMANJI. *(for the record we are NOT making a reboot, but rather a continuation of the awesome JUMANJI story). It’s also crazy to me how much me, Kev and Jack look like triplets when we’re together. 👶🏽👶🏻👶🏿. Man this is gonna be FUN. #WheelsUp #ThatsAWrap #FromFastAndFurious #StraightIntoJumanji #BigBrownBaldTattooedMan #DarkChocolateComedicRockStar #BrillaintCrazyCurvyCaucasion #TheseHashtagsAreRidiculous #INeedSleepAndCARBS #ButIWillSettleForTequila