Vin Diesel Offered A Few New Details About His Feud With The Rock

June 22, 2021 / Posted by:

Don’t worry, Vin Diesel’s not so high on his own fumes that he’s deluded enough to compare himself to Federico Fellini in regards to his methods of pulling exquisitely realized performances out of his Fast And Furious co-stars. In fact, while updating us on his feud with co-star The Rock, Vin explicitly stated that his methods are “not Felliniesque,” but that he would “do anything [he’d] have to do in order to get performances in anything [he’s] producing.” If you want to call that being a “candyass,” as The Rock did, that’s your prerogative. But know this — there’s a method to the madness.

In a new interview with Men’s Health magazine, Vin talked a little about the feud that became public in 2016 after filming wrapped on Fast8, The Fate of the Furious, when The Rock said that “some” of his male-costars conducted themselves as “stand up men and true professionals,” but called “the ones that don’t,”chicken shit” “candy asses” and invited people to guess in which scenes his “blood is legit boiling.” People correctly guessed that he wasn’t talking about Dame Helen Mirren. TMZ later confirmed that Vin was the candy ass in question. And here we are, five years later, learning that there are no limits to the lengths Vin will go in the name of his craft.

One previous family member who doesn’t appear in F9 is Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson, who first showed up as Luke Hobbs in Fast Five (2011). It’s a bit of a messy story, with vague tales of discord on the set and Johnson calling unnamed male costars “candy asses.” In the end, all parties chalked it up to family squabbles.

“It was a tough character to embody, the Hobbs character,” Diesel says. “My approach at the time was a lot of tough love to assist in getting that performance where it needed to be. As a producer to say, Okay, we’re going to take Dwayne Johnson, who’s associated with wrestling, and we’re going to force this cinematic world, audience members, to regard his character as someone that they don’t know—Hobbs hits you like a ton of bricks. That’s something that I’m proud of, that aesthetic. That took a lot of work. We had to get there and sometimes, at that time, I could give a lot of tough love. Not Felliniesque, but I would do anything I’d have to do in order to get performances in anything I’m producing.”

Look, I’m no film scholar, I’m just a simpleton who has actually seen every Fast movie to date, but was Fellini known for giving “tough love?” I thought Felliniesque was more like some weird clown shit. But obviously, I’m wrong. It takes a true visionary like Vin to look at a lump of clay like The Rock and see the lump of clay that is “the Hobbes character” hidden within. Hard to believe that The Rock didn’t take his own transformation from a wrestler that hits you like a ton of bricks to a pretend FBI agent that hits you like a ton of bricks a bit more seriously. Had he taken Vin’s suggestions to heart, he might have made something of himself in Hollywood. Instead, he’s had to resign himself to a career as a humble civil servant. Meanwhile, even though he’s not a director, Vin’s artistic vision has solidified him as one of cinema’s greatest auteurs. There’s a reason why people always describe the smoldering wreckage of a car crash on the side of the highway (or really, any movie with less than 50% on RT) as being very “Dieselesque.


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