Vin Diesel wants Dwayne Johnson to return to the Fast and the Furious for the upcoming franchise finale, despite the long history of bad relations between the two.
“My little brother Dwayne … the time has come,” Diesel wrote on Instagram to Johnson, who played Agent Hobbs in several of the series’ films. “The legacy awaits.”
Diesel, who plays Dominic Toretto, added:
“I say this out of love … but you have to show up, don’t leave the franchise idle, you have a very important role to play. Nobody else can play Hobbs. I hope that you will rise to the occasion and fulfill your destiny. “
Diesel noted that his children call Johnson “Uncle Dwayne.” He added that his kids and Johnson exchange greetings at every celebration … although he did not mention if he and Johnson exchange those greetings.
They almost certainly don’t, given their public feuds.
Johnson made several less veiled comments about his experiences with 2017 Fate of Furious, which were believed to be about Diesel.
“Some act like tough men and real professionals, while others don’t,” Johnson said at the time. “Those who don’t are too chicken shit to do anything about it anyway. Candy asses.
He even said that viewers might notice moments when he ticked the then-unnamed partner’s box.
“When you watch this movie next April, and it seems to me that I am not acting in some of these scenes, and my blood boils, you are right,” he wrote on Instagram.
He said he later achieved “clarity” with Diesel, but it’s not exactly warm.
“But I wish him all the best, and I don’t harbor any ill feelings towards him just because of the clarity we have,” he told Rolling Stone magazine in 2018. “Actually, you can erase this last part about ‘no evil’. We’ll just keep this for clarity. “
Diesel told Men’s Health last summer that he simply used “tough love” on set to get the best out of his co-workers.
“Not Felliniesque, but I would do whatever I have to do to get an idea of what I’m producing,” he said.
Johnson was not impressed.
“Part of me feels like I would never deign to answer this nonsense,” he said in an interview with Vanity Fair last month, adding that Diesel’s statement made him laugh.
“So when I read this, I, like everyone else, laughed. I laughed hard. We all laughed, ”he said. “And somewhere I’m sure Fellini is laughing too.”
Although Johnson said he won’t be returning to The Fast and the Furious, he is more open to the continuation of the Hobbs and Shaw spin-off, although he said last week that he intends to make it “the antithesis of what Fast and the Furious movies are usually like that.” …
He told Sirius XM that he expressed his idea of ”making a little difference” and that the creative team “everyone loved it.”
Johnson added that the main issue right now is timing given the number of projects he’s involved in, according to Collider.