“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,” Dwayne Johnson ranted on social media last summer, and with that, a feud with Vin Diesel was born.
The unnamed person pissing off The Rock was said to be his “The Fate Of The Furious” co-star Vin Diesel, and while Johnson tried to calm the waters, the beef reared back to life recently when it was reported that the pair were being kept apart on the ‘Furious’ press tour. However, now Diesel says there’s much ado about nothing.
Speaking with USA Today, Diesel didn’t quite deny any conflicts with Johnson, but essentially said that the beef had been squashed, and might have been as intense as people thought.
“I don’t think the world really realizes how close we are, in a weird way. I think some things may be blown out of proportion. I don’t think that was his intention. I know he appreciates how much I work this franchise. In my house, he’s Uncle Dwayne,” he said.
Even more, Diesel claims that as a producer, he shielded Johnson.
“I protect the franchise. I protect everybody including Dwayne. I protected Dwayne more than he’ll ever know,” he added. “And it doesn’t matter. He doesn’t have to know. But he appreciates it. He knows it. Dwayne has only got one Vin in his life. Dwayne Johnson only has one big brother in this film world and that’s me.”
We’re not sure how The Rock feels about being positioned as the little brother in this relationship, but there’s still a week to go of press before “The Fate Of The Furious” opens next Friday to find out.