Last August, Universal insisted that The Fate of the Furious stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Vin Diesel had buried the hatchet after feuding on the set of the eighth film in the Fast and Furious franchise. Fast-forward eight months, and the bad blood continues.
The beef dates back to the waning days of the 100-day Atlanta shoot when the frequently tardy Diesel arrived late for his final scene with Johnson, prompting Johnson to vent about his co-star on Facebook, where he wrote cryptically: “My female co-stars are always amazing, and I love ’em. My male co-stars however are a different story,” adding that “some” are “chicken shit” and “candy asses.” That led to a heated exchange between Diesel and Johnson in the latter’s trailer.
But outside of the film’s trailer launch in Times Square in December, the two have kept their distance (both are contractually obligated to appear at the upcoming New York premiere April 8). Still, there’s little chance the bad blood will have any negative effect on the film. If anything, it bolsters the film’s narrative of two adversaries unwilling to back down.
Let’s hope both The Rock and Vin Diesel can quit their beef long enough to promote their new movie “The Fate of the Furious”, in theaters worldwide April 14th.