KEY POINTS

  • Vin Diesel had talked about Dwayne Johnson's "Fast & Furious" character, Hobbs
  • Johnson said Diesel's comments made him laugh hard
  • He wished the "Fast & Furious" franchise good luck

Dwayne Johnson has finally addressed Vin Diesel’s remarks that The Rock’s “Fast & Furious” performance as Hobbs was a result of his “tough love” for the wrestler-turned-actor. In an interview with Hollywood Reporter this week, Johnson dissed Diesel, saying his comments made him “laugh hard.”

“I laughed and I laughed hard,” he told the outlet. “I think everyone had a laugh at that. And I’ll leave it at that. And that I’ve wished them well. I wish them well on ‘Fast 9.’”

Johnson also implied he would not return to the “Fast & Furious” franchise anytime soon. “And I wish them the best of luck on "Fast 10" and "Fast 11" and the rest of the "Fast & Furious" movies they do that will be without me,” he said in the interview.

Johnson was responding to the comments Diesel made in a recent interview with Men’s Health, in which he talked about the former's “Fast & Furious” character, Hobbs. “My approach at the time was a lot of tough love to assist in getting that performance where it needed to be,” Diesel told the publication.

“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,” he said in the interview.

Johnson and Diesel have been in a feud ever since they wrapped the production of “The Fate of the Furious” in 2016. The strife reportedly started following Johnson's comments about some of his male co-stars, calling them “candy asses.”

“Some conduct themselves as stand-up men and true professionals, while others don’t,” he wrote on Instagram. “The ones that don’t are too chicken s**t to do anything about it anyway. Candy asses. When you watch this movie next April and it seems like I’m not acting in some of these scenes and my blood is legit boiling—you’re right.”

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