Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has rekindled his Fast and Furious feud with Vin Diesel, but for the good of the franchise, it’s time for both actors to finally resolve their differences. Even if Johnson never plays Luke Hobbs again in the ‘Fast’ franchise, the continued petulance between him and Diesel is a negative distraction for all involved. The repeated barbs thrown between the two stars may be entertaining to watch from a distance, but they aren’t good for ‘Fast and Furious’ as a whole.
The beef between Diesel and The Rock started at the end of production for ‘The Fate of the Furious’, when Johnson shared and quickly deleted an Instagram post calling some of his male costars “candy-asses.” Tyrese Gibson quickly chimed in to defend Diesel, and passive-aggressive jabs have passed back and forth constantly in the years since. Most recently, Johnson said in an interview that he regrets taking his issues public, but that he meant what he said about Diesel and that he received thanks from the crew of ‘The Fate of the Furious’ for speaking out. The Rock did not appear in the series’ most recent entry, ‘F9: The Fast Saga’.
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While ‘Fast and Furious 9’ was a great movie, it certainly suffered from the absence of Johnson. His irreplaceable onscreen charisma and unique role in the ‘Fast and Furious’ family of characters has been a big part of the franchise for years, and without him, it’s hard not to see a hole where he could have been. The negative impact of his feud with Diesel is larger than just Hobbs’ absence from the story, however. At this point, the repeated insults are hurting the series’ reputation at large and tainting public perception of both stars. -Collider