Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson Accuses Vin Diesel Of Trying To Manipulate Him Back For “The Fast & The Furious 10”
First of all, please allow me to address the biggest oversight of all, which is why no one thought to call it Fast-10 Your Seatbelts. I’m clearly outraged about the wrong thing here, because if you ask Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, he’ll say the biggest issue facing the upcoming 10th The Fast & the Furious film is Vin Diesel’s manipulative meddling. The Fast & the Furious franchise is heading into its 10th theater-released film. And if Vin had his way, Fast 10 will also star The Rock. But The Rock doesn’t want any part of it and thinks Vin is playing emotional mind games to try to get him back on set for the final Fast film.
Vin Diesel and The Rock have been at each other’s 19-inch necks for several years now, which works when they’re playing Dominic Toretto and Luke Hobbs. But in real life, it just plays like two middle-aged dudes making things weird for the rest of their co-workers. Luke Hobbs has appeared in four Fast films – 5, 6, 7, and 8, and one stand-alone spin-off (Hobbs & Shaw), and The Rock is done. He didn’t show up for the 9th film, and he really wants no part of the two-part 10th film. But Vin really wants the whole gang together for a big finale, apparently, and he’s been doing the most to guilt The Rock into signing a contract.
The most recent move made by Vin happened last month, when he pulled out all the stops, calling The Rock his “little brother,” claiming that Vin’s kids call him “Uncle Dwayne,” and that he made a “promise to Pablo” (aka the late Paul Walker’s character) that he’d see the franchise through all the way to the end. Awwww. Except, not to The Rock. He thinks it’s gross that Vin has been invoking the ghost of Paul Walker and bringing Vin’s kids into it. The Rock spoke to CNN, and he doesn’t think what Vin is doing is cute in the least.
“I was very surprised by Vin’s recent post. This past June, when Vin and I actually connected not over social media, I told him directly – and privately – that I would not be returning to the franchise. I was firm yet cordial with my words and said that I would always be supportive of the cast and always root for the franchise to be successful, but that there was no chance I would return. I privately spoke with my partners at Universal as well, all of whom were very supportive as they understand the problem.
Vin’s recent public post was an example of his manipulation. I didn’t like that he brought up his children in the post, as well as Paul Walker’s death. Leave them out of it. We had spoken months ago about this and came to a clear understanding. My goal all along was to end my amazing journey with this incredible Fast & Furious franchise with gratitude and grace. It’s unfortunate that this public dialogue has muddied the waters. Regardless, I’m confident in the Fast universe and its ability to consistently deliver for the audience, and I truly wish my former co-stars and crew members the best of luck and success in the next chapter.”
And as The Rock mentions above, he’s allegedly made it very clear to Vin that he’s not coming back for the 10th and final film, so at this point, Vin needs to learn how to take “No” for an answer. Because it’s not like The Rock is sitting at home, stuffing his face with 10,000 calories for nothing, and sitting on the couch. He’s probably busy with other things! Like finding new ways to tease a possible Presidential run, or trying to convince Ryan Reynolds to film a sequel to Red Notice. Vin just needs to accept that The Rock doesn’t want to be part of the fast cars movie anymore. Besides, it’s not like The Rock’s presence would bring anything new. There’s no way he can top his own greatest line ever uttered in a Fast film: