Dwayne Johnson confirmed to CNN that he would not be returning for the final “Fast & Furious” motion pictures after his costar Vin Diesel made a public plea for the actor to reprise his function.
Johnson starred in 5 motion pictures within the franchise, together with one spinoff, as agent Luke Hobbs. However Johnson didn’t seem within the newest “Fast & Furious” film, and earlier this yr he instructed in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that he would not return for the remaining motion pictures.
In November, Diesel made an Instagram submit asking Johnson to return to the “Fast & Furious” franchise. “I say this out of affection… however you will need to present up, don’t depart the franchise idle you’ve gotten a vital function to play. Hobbs cannot be performed by no different. I hope that you simply rise to the event and fulfill your future,” Diesel wrote.
“I used to be very stunned by Vin’s latest submit,” Johnson mentioned. “This previous June, when Vin and I truly linked not over social media, I advised him straight — and privately — that I’d not be returning to the franchise.
I used to be agency but cordial with my phrases and mentioned that I’d all the time be supportive of the forged and all the time root for the franchise to achieve success, however that there was no probability I’d return.”
Johnson continued: “Vin’s latest public submit was an instance of his manipulation. I did not like that he introduced up his youngsters within the submit, in addition to Paul Walker’s loss of life. Depart them out of it. We had spoken months in the past about this and got here to a transparent understanding.”
The “Red Notice” actor added: “My purpose all alongside was to finish my wonderful journey with this unimaginable ‘Fast & Furious’ franchise with gratitude and charm.
It is unlucky that this public dialogue has muddied the waters. Regardless, I am assured within the ‘Fast’ universe and its capacity to persistently ship for the viewers, and I really want my former co-stars and crew members the most effective of luck and success within the subsequent chapter.”
Whereas Johnson has not given a public purpose for leaving the franchise, he and Diesel had been in a public feud since 2016.
This started after Johnson shared a since deleted submit on Instagram and Fb calling out a few of his male costars for being “sweet asses” and saying that they did not “conduct themselves as get up males and true professionals.”
This was later confirmed to be directed at Diesel.
In 2018, Johnson advised The Rolling Stone that the pair had “nose to nose” discussions that supplied “readability” for Johnson. “And what I got here to comprehend is that we now have a basic distinction in philosophies on how we method moviemaking and collaborating,” Johnson mentioned.
“Fast 10,” the following installment within the franchise, is scheduled for launch on Could 19, 2023.