The last Fast and Furious film was hit with a bit of a scandal in the run up to its release, with a big old fall-out between The Rock and Vin Diesel nabbing the headlines. The reason behind the quarrel was never fully known, but it appeared to stem from a rather large (both literally and figuratively) difference in opinion between the two beasts. It got pretty heated, with Dwayne calling Diesel a ‘candy ass’ and it even sucked in other cast members like Tyrese Gibson, who got in a big tizzy over the whole affair too.
Post-release, it seemed the beef was quashed, but I guess these things have a habit of rumbling along nicely in the background, behind all the smiles and public appearances, because The Rock has spoken out about his uncertain future with the franchise. He’s currently at work on a series spin-off which focuses on his and Jason Statham’s characters, but his involvement with the main set of films isn’t so clear-cut.
He told Rolling Stone:
“Vin and I had a few discussions, including an important face-to-face in my trailer. And what I came to realise is that we have a fundamental difference in philosophies on how we approach moviemaking and collaborating.
“It took me some time, but I’m grateful for that clarity. Whether we work together again or not.”
“Right now I’m concentrating on making the spin-off as good as it can be.
“I harbor no ill will there, just because of the clarity we have. Actually, you can erase that last part about ‘no ill will’. We’ll just keep it with the clarity.”
So it seems there’s still a bit of stroganoff bubbling under the surface there, complete with a side dish of ‘ill will’. So who knows what the future of the franchise will look like? I’m certainly not excited about a Fast and Furious without The Rock. I mean, obviously I’ll still watch it - I would watch one if it only starred the talking cars from Cars, but still, would be nice to see Dwayne pop up at least once.
IT’S EITHER THAT OR THIS IS A BIG OLD MARKETING CAMPAIGN AND NONE OF IT IS REAL.