Can you smell what the Rock is cooking? For me, I’m getting a whiff of an apology with a hint of regret. What prompted this introspective meal of melancholy, you ask? Well, Dwayne Johnson recently copped to having remorse about that Instagram post concerning Vin Diesel that “caused a firestorm” amidst the two box office behemoths. The Fast Saga feud between the two stars has been a cause for concern for Fast fans ever since it began, especially for those of us who would love to see Johnson and Diesel bury the hatchet before the franchise comes to an end.
Recently while speaking with Vanity Fair, Johnson talked about The Fast Saga feud and how he regrets the Instagram post that all but ended his involvement in the core franchise. In the now-deleted post, Johnson praised his female co-stars on The Fate of the Furious. However, he then criticized “some” of his male co-stars. That “some” being Vin Diesel, of course. When asked about the post, Johnson said that “nothing specific happened” and that it was “just the same old shit” that prompted his behavior.
In talking more about the “post heard around the world,” Johnson now admits that it “just wasn’t my best day” after hitting send on the inflammatory Instagram entry. “I meant what I said. For sure. I mean what I say when I say it,” Johnson confirmed. “But to express it publicly was not the right thing to do.”
“It caused a firestorm,” he added. “Yet interestingly enough…[it was] as if every single crew member found their way to me and either quietly thanked me or sent me a note. But, yeah, it wasn’t my best day, sharing that. I shouldn’t have shared that. Because at the end of the day, that goes against my DNA. I don’t share things like that. And I take care of that kind of bullshit away from the public. They don’t need to know that. That’s why I say it wasn’t my best day.”
While continuing to speak with Vanity Fair, Johnson also clarified that a reported meeting between the two on set in Johnson’s trailer wasn’t exactly “peaceful.” Johnson says that this is when he realized that he and Diesel are “philosophically two different people and we approach the business of moviemaking in two very different ways.”
“Well, there was a meeting,” Johnson confirmed. “I wouldn’t call it a peaceful meeting. I would call it a meeting of clarity. He and I had a good chat in my trailer, and it was out of that chat that it really became just crystal clear that we are two separate ends of the spectrum. And agreed to leave it there.”
“One part of me feels like there’s no way I would dignify any of that bullshit with an answer,” said Johnson while referring to comments Diesel made to Men’s Health about Johnson not giving the Fast franchise his all. Diesel “came up differently and was raised differently,” added Johnson. “I go into every project giving it my all.”
“It’s the philosophy of going into work every day. Looking at everybody as equal partners. And looking at the studio as equal partners. And looking at the crew, regardless of where you’re at, either on the call sheet or otherwise, as equal partners — with respect and with humility, and being respectful of the process and every other human being who is putting in just as much time, just as much hard work and sweat equity, if not more,” he said.
Like many of you, I’m not a fan of the Fast Saga feud. I wish that both Johnson and Diesel were more aligned with one another and that both had a desire to reunite for the last films in the core franchise. Unfortunately, this sounds like wishful thinking for the moment. What do you think of the Fast Saga feud? Do you wish that Johnson and Diesel would let bygones be bygones? Let us know what you think of this beef between two of Hollywood’s beefiest stars in the comments section below.