Dwayne Johnson confirmed that his rivalry with Fast & Furious co-star Vin Diesel has been laid to rest after the two had a "meeting of clarity" over their differences.
Here's a sprinkling of context for those of us who don't diarise former wrestlers' every moment and movement. In 2016, after the end of production on The Fate of the Furious, Johnson posted a photo to Instagram to congratulate the women he worked with on the film, who included Helen Mirren, Charlize Theron, Nathalie Emmanuel and Michelle Rodriguez.
"My male co-stars however are a different story," continued Johnson. "Some conduct themselves as stand up men and true professionals, while others don't," Johnson continued. "The ones that don't are too chicken s**t to do anything about it anyway. Candy asses." Though he deleted the post, it had been saved and screenshotted by plenty of people, and speculation swirled as to who and what the actor was referring to.
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It was then theorised that this post calling out "candy asses" was about Vin Diesel who had adopted a "tough love" approach on set, something he himself admitted to in an interview earlier this year. Once this statement had reached Johnson, he said that he "laughed hard" at his former co-star's explanation.
Tensions have finally cooled between the two actors, according to this interview from Vanity Fair. "I wanted to forgo drama," said Johnson on his request that he would not share scenes with Diesel in The Fate of the Furious. "I thought that that was the best thing to do. For everybody."
He did say that posting publicly about the problems between him and Diesel was a mistake. "It caused a firestorm. Yet interestingly enough...[it was] as if every single crew member found their way to me and either quietly thanked me or sent me a note," continued the actor. "I shouldn't have shared that... I mean what I say when I say it. But to express it publicly was not the right thing to do."
In spite of the "firestorm", Johnson and Diesel were able to talk things through and resolve their conflict, in a way. "Well, there was a meeting," said Johnson. "I wouldn't call it a peaceful meeting. I would call it a meeting of clarity. He and I had a good chat in my trailer, and it was out of that chat that it really became just crystal clear that we are two separate ends of the spectrum. And agreed to leave it there."
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