Dwayne Johnson on His Fast 8 Feud With Vin Diesel: "I Was Very Clear With What I Said"
This post has been updated with new information.
Do you smell what The Rock is cooking? His Fast 8 costars sure do. Dwayne Johnson threw fans for a loop on Aug. 8 when he called out his male costars in a scathing post on social media. Not only did he express his disdain for their unprofessionalism, but he went as far as to call them "candy asses." Dwayne didn't name any names, but his costar Vin Diesel eventually alluded to the drama in a video on Instagram. Most recently, Dwayne opened up about the highly publicized feud in a new interview with the Los Angeles Times. While we may never know exactly who The Rock was talking about, get all caught up on everything that has happened since he first sent the internet into a frenzy.
Monday, Aug. 8
Dwayne sent social media into a frenzy when he took to Instagram to slam his Fast 8 male costars for their unprofessional behavior. His post reads as follows:
"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."
While he didn't name any names, some speculated that "candy asses" referred to Scott Eastwood, since he used the same term recently during an Esquire interview with his dad, though it also happens to be one of The Rock's famous wrestling catchphrases.
Tuesday, Aug. 9
The following day, Dwayne's costar Tyrese Gibson responded to the actor's claims in a now-deleted Instagram post, saying that although his comments seemed to come out of nowhere, Dwayne "happens to be one of the most humble, down to earth and professional people" and "as a cast we're ALL married dammit!!!"
Wednesday, Aug. 10
A source close to the film's production told People, "Tension has been building for months," adding, "Vin has been having problems with The Rock because The Rock keeps showing up late for production. Sometimes he doesn't show up at all and he's delaying the production." On the contrary, The Hollywood Reporter also reported on Vin's unprofessional behavior in the past, stating, "Vin spent a whole day in his trailer one day. The next day, they waited four hours for him. He called a meeting [May 28] of studio execs to his trailer for two-and-a-half hours to say, 'What the f*ck am I doing here?'"
Wednesday, Aug. 10
We might never know exactly who The Rock referred to as a "candy ass," but Dwayne seemingly touched on the issue in his Instagram post, which included a video of the actor thanking his production crew on the final week of filming. His caption reads as follows:
"My FINAL WEEK of shooting #FastAndFurious. There's no greatness ever achieved alone.. it's always a team effort. We promised an epic prison break out for you guys and we delivered. HUGE THANK YOU to my ohana (family) stunt coordinator JJ Perry and his bad ass fearless stunt team - as well as my cousin and incredible stunt double @samoanstuntman. Thank you team for the willingness to "die hard" and drop your blood & sweat daily for our movie. #MyStuntBrothers #Loco4Life
You guys reading this know how much I believe in the idea of TEAM EFFORT. That means respecting every person, their time and their value when they step on to my set or partner with our production company. And like with any team - that's a family - there's gonna be conflict. Family is gonna have differences of opinion and fundamental core beliefs. To me, conflict can be a good thing, when its followed by great resolution. I was raised on healthy conflict and welcome it. And like any family, we get better from it. At the end of the day me and #F8 co-stars all agree on the most important thing: Delivering an incredible movie to the world. #Fast8 #IcemanCometh #FamilyGrowth"
Thursday, Aug. 11
Vin seemingly responded to the reported feud when he talked about the end of filming in a video on Instagram. "So much has gone in this year," he captioned the post. "I can't believe I wrapped two back to back pictures I both starred in and produced. Now I get to return to my family, my life . . . To me." In the video he says:
"After being on set since literally Christmas to finally, finally, finally to come home and to learn that your little angel [daughter Pauline] learned a new word. I'm going to have to share it with you, it's more important than anything. Her new word kind of describes my spirit and my soul and most people who stay positive. The new word is 'happy.' When I heard her say 'happy,' I just lit up in ways I can't even describe. So give me a second, and I will tell you everything. Everything."
Thursday, Aug. 11
Tyrese followed up his previous post with a photo of him and Vin, saying, "I'm so f*cking proud to call you my family and my brother . . . I've always said that if ONLY people knew how hard you work to protect this franchise and characters, minds would be blown."
Thursday, Aug. 11
Not long after Tyrese's photo, Ludacris shared his own throwback snap of the cast, which included the late Paul Walker but not Dwayne Johnson.
Friday, Aug. 19
After wrapping production on Fast 8, Dwayne took to Instagram to thank "all my fellow co-stars for the daily effort and grind," singling out Scott Eastwood, Nathalie Emmanuel, and Tyrese Gibson. Noticeably missing from his mentions though: Vin Diesel.
Friday, Sept. 2
Michelle Rodriguez opened up about the infamous feud while attending the Call of Duty XP Fan Celebration at The Forum in Los Angeles. "Any human being who knows what men are like knows to stay out [of those] situations and let them figure it out," she explained to People. "They're 'bros', man. They're friends, and ultimately even friends reach a point where they have to set aside their differences to make a movie for multi-cultural people around the world, and that is the bigger scheme of things."
Saturday, Nov. 19
During an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Dwayne admitted he had no regrets about posting that now-infamous Instagram photo, adding, "I was very clear with what I said. I've been in the game a long time. Would Universal [Pictures] have preferred that didn't happen? Sure, we talked about it. The irony is after that and as they do their tracking and all their analysis, the interest shot through the roof to a whole other level."