It is almost perfect symmetry that Vin Diesel's character Dominic Toretto is splitting from his beloved crew in the upcoming blockbuster The Fate of the Furious. Turning his back on his family and trusted colleagues, Cipher's manipulation hurts his relationship with many of those he considered closest. Including Dwayne Johnson's Luke Hobbs.
But the rift has seemingly drifted Tokyo-style away from the camera. As personality and creative differences have driven a wedge between the two big ego's on the set. While this simmering tension has been the elephant in the room for Diesel as he does the media rounds this week, the actor was confronted head on by the rumors with USA Today.
Diesel: I Am The Gatekeeper For All Things Fast & Furious
Without denying the allegations of a bitter split and breakdown, Diesel argued that the media's only fault is amplifying the situation.
"I don't think the world really realizes how close we are, in a weird way," he started. "I think some things may be blown out of proportion. I don't think that was his intention. I know he appreciates how much I work (for) this franchise. In my house, he's Uncle Dwayne."
Doubling as an actor and producer for the series, Diesel said that their multicultural background provided a unique kinship. Whilst also making the point that he carries a burden that is hard to maintain.
"I protect the franchise. I protect everybody including Dwayne," he stated. "I protected Dwayne more than he’ll ever know. And it doesn’t matter. He doesn’t have to know. But he appreciates it. He knows it. Dwayne has only got one Vin in his life. Dwayne Johnson only has one big brother in this film world and that’s me. I'm always rooting for Dwayne. I'm the first multicultural megastar in Hollywood. They didn't exist. To see another multicultural star come up is something I am very proud of."
Broken Fences In Need of Mending
Diesel's intention of glossing over their conflict might have convinced a few that the hatchet was buried. But the commentary from Johnson in 2016 was quite remarkable.
"Some conduct themselves as stand-up men and true professionals, while others don't," said The Rock in a not-so cryptic message on social media. "The ones that don't are too chickensh 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."
For someone of Johnson's standing to accuse another professional of making him appear as though they are "not acting," and to label them "candy asses," that is a serious state of disrepair.
Source: USA Today