So a couple weeks ago, Dwayne Johnson, a.k.a. The Rock (or is it The Rock, a.k.a. Dwayne Johnson?) called out some of his Fast 8 co-stars. He specifically called out the men, because he has a lot of love for his female co-stars, whom he calls “always amazing.” He didn’t mention names at the time, so it was fun trying to nail down who the ‘candy asses’ were, the ones who were “too chickensh*t” to be true professionals.
This is my final week of shooting #FastAndFurious8. There’s no other franchise that gets my blood boiling more than this one. An incredible hard working crew. UNIVERSAL has been great partners as well. 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. Bottom line is it’ll play great for the movie and fits this Hobbs character that’s embedded in my DNA extremely well. The producer in me is happy about this part😉. Final week on FAST 8 and I’ll finish strong. #IcemanCometh #F8 #ZeroToleranceForCandyAsses
Fast-forward to two days ago. The eighth movie of the Fast and the Furious franchise finally wrapped and Dwayne wrote a huge thank you post with several names mentioned. And while filming may be done, the drama is just getting started.
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
The fact that he pointedly mentions the entire production crew and Natalie Emmanuel, as well as Scott Eastwood and Tyrese Gibson (whom many believed were the dudes Dwayne WAS talking about in his first call-out post) but doesn’t mention the star of the franchise, Vin Diesel, isn’t exactly subtle. Of course, The Rock also didn’t mention Jason Statham or Ludacris or Lucas Black or Kurt Russell, but the absence of Vin’s name is quite telling.
But Vin had a few words of his own, though they might not be what you were expecting. He took to Facebook Live to talk about his Fast 8 experience. And he couldn’t have been more courteous and complimentary.
“Know this, without you, I would not be doing Fast 8,” Diesel told his fans. He went on to note some casting and plot changes that were requested by the films’ rabid 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.”
Vin also went on to praise some of Fast’s newest co-stars, including Helen Mirren.
“One of the best scenes I had in Fast 8 was working with Helen Mirren,” he gushed, stating the obvious because, um, HELLO, it’s Helen Freakin’ Mirren. “It was so surreal. She’s such a wonderful, wonderful talent. It was such a blessing.”
Hmm. ET Online reports that near the end of filming, Diesel and The Rock clashed, but Vin might have had his reasons (which clearly hadn’t been communicated to everyone, not that they needed to be). Vin definitely took the high road here though. Maybe it was to save face, maybe it was to be the bigger man, but, either way, we’re sure these two will find a way to work it out. After weeks of filming, perhaps it just became too much, and like with some relationships, these guys just need a break from one another. All we know is we can’t wait to see what promoting the film is going to be like.