Former Fast & Furious star Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has blasted co-star Vin Diesel as ‘manipulating’ as he continues to beg him to return to the movie franchise
The 49-year-old actor called out Diesel’s ‘manipulating’ ways in a recent CNN interview when he revealed that he was quite shocked when the star took to social media to plead with him to return to his Fast & Furious family.
Tensions have been high between the acting duo since 2016 when The Rock publicly praised his female co-stars in a gushing Instagram post, but criticised some of the lead male actors in the same breath.
While he never named names, it was later revealed that Dwayne’s harsh words were indeed directed towards his co-star Vin – and since then, their relationship has been rather non-existent as their feud rages on.
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And in the latest update, The Rock has vowed to never reprise his role as Luke Hobbs.
“This past June, when Vin and I actually connected not over social media, I told him directly – and privately – that I would not be returning to the franchise,” he explained.
“I was firm yet cordial with my words and said that I would always be supportive of the cast and always root for the franchise to be successful, but that there was no chance I would return.”
The Hollywood star went on to label Vin’s public post as a form of ‘manipulation’.
Dwayne blasted the actor for mentioning his children in the lengthy post, as well as Paul Walker’s tragic death.
“I didn’t like that Diesel brought up his children in the post, as well as Paul Walker’s death. Leave them out of it. We had spoken months ago about this and came to a clear understanding,” he shared.
“My goal all along was to end my amazing journey with this incredible Fast & Furious franchise with gratitude and grace.
“It’s unfortunate that this public dialogue has muddied the waters.”
It comes after Diesel – who plays Dominic Toretto in the franchise – publicly asked The Rock to return for the final two films.
Alongside a snap of the two actors, he penned: “My little brother Dwayne – the time has come. The world awaits the finale of Fast 10. As you know, my children refer to you as Uncle Dwayne in my house. There is not a holiday that goes by that they and you don’t send well wishes, but the time has come.”
“Legacy awaits. I told you years ago that I was going to fulfil my promise to Pablo.”
Pablo was late Paul Walker’s nickname on the set of the movie franchise.
The actor, who died in a car accident aged 40 in 2013, played Brian O’Connor in the film series.
The ninth Fast & Furious film was released earlier this year following multiple delays caused by the pandemic.