Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is arguably Hollywood's biggest star these days and to many, he's a likable hunk with a larger-than-life and infectious personality. But, as he explained in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine when asked about Vin Diesel, that doesn't mean he gets along with everyone. The two sides are still not close, Johnson suggesting the "ill will" hasn't completely gone away.
Being as driven as Johnson is, there are bound to be moments were creative minds and focused business people don't see eye to eye. That's what happened in 2016 when he and Diesel clashed on the set of The Fate of the Furious film. While Johnson didn't release names, he made it clear in a post on his Instagram account at that time, he was not pleased with some of his fellow co-stars and everyone knew he was talking about Diesel.
During the final week of filming, Johnson slammed others [Diesel] for failing to "conduct themselves as stand-up men and true professionals" and that they were "too chickens&^it to do anything about it. . . . Candyasses." Johnson clarified those comments during his Rolling Stone interview.
When asked if they ended up shooting scenes together he confirmed, "We were not in any scenes together." To Johnson, it was all about professionalism. "Vin and I had a few discussions, including an important face-to-face in my trailer. And what I came to realize is that we have a fundamental difference in philosophies on how we approach moviemaking and collaborating," Johnson said.
When asked if he'd be back for another chapter of the films he responded, "I'm not quite sure. Right now I'm concentrating on making the spinoff as good as it can be." The spinoff he's referring to is the Hobbs and Shaw film co-starring Jason Statham — a film that also has come with some controversy as Tyrese Gibson has made his distaste for that film crystal clear over social media.
At the end of the day, Johnson says, "But I wish him [Diesel] all the best, and 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."