Sometimes the saying goes that what is not said speaks the loudest. The same principal applies to a person's absence, as the headline stars from The Fate of the Furious gear up for a Universal ensemble appearance at CinemaCon.
All the big names will be there, from Charlize Theron, Michelle Rodriguez, Kurt Russell, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Jason Statham, Helen Mirren and Vin Diesel. Except for the one and only Mr. Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, skipping the event on account of the franchise regular and their ongoing feud behind the scenes of the action blockbuster.
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Disagreements and outbursts happen on movie sets all the time. Adrenaline is pumping, the pressure of the spotlight is on and when push comes to shove. So sometimes emotions get the better of these performers. But this duo is not even close to being in each other's presence, let alone burying the hatchet. All in order to get on with their duty of plugging a movie that paid them millions to take part in.
The F. Gary Gray title experienced the two butting heads last year and while a statement was released in August to argue that they are on the same page, their actions speak louder than words.
"What happened is over, and no one expects there to be any lingering effects," remarked a previous source. "When it comes time to promote the movie, this will have no bearing."
Another individual close to production told THR this week that the pair cannot be trusted to be in proximity at this juncture. A statement that would be more applicable to a 10-year old brother and sister.
"They're keeping them separated as much as possible," said the insider.
The Facebook Post That Started It All
As shooting ticked over the 100 day mark in Atlanta, Diesel would continue to show up late for scenes with his co-star and tensions would gradually mount. Rather than talk the issue out like adults, Johnson took to Facebook to vent in a cryptic fashion, heaping praise on his female colleagues whilst making a pointed dig at one man in particular.
Calling this unnamed man "chicken s***" and "candy asses," Johnson wrote: "My female co-stars are always amazing, and I love 'em. My male co-stars however are a different story." This sparked a frenzy of activity on set and they have been locking horns ever since.
The Fate of the Furious opens in the United States on April 14.