In a Surprise About-Face, Vin Diesel Makes Public Plea with Action Star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to Return to the “Fast and Furious” Franchise

Hollywood feuds are a strange and yet longstanding ritual in the industry: From Betty Davis and Joan Crawford to Kim Cattrall and Sarah Jessica Parker, the public at large has always been fascinated by the public airing of disputes among big name stars; it’s akin to a really bloody traffic accident that – try as we might – we can’t help but take a gander at as we pass the chalk outlines in the road. One of the more notable falling-out between actors we’ve ever been privy to is the battle of egos between former Fast and the Furious co-stars Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson. The pair famously locked horns during the production of The Fate of the Furious, with Johnson referring to unnamed members of the cast as “candy asses” in a tweet that was later deleted by the Jungle Cruise star. Sources were quick to note that a genuine beef existed between the two alpha action stars and the ultimate fallout was that Johnson opted out of further installments in the Fast franchise, seemingly content to make his fortune elsewhere. The ice may at long last be thawing according to our Hobbs & Shaw fans over at The Hollywood Reporter.

Vin Diesel (who was really great in Saving Private Ryan, by the way) has officially – and very publically- asked Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to return to The Fast and the Furious franchise in a weekend press release: “My little brother Dwayne…the time has come. The world awaits the finale of Fast 10. As you know, my children refer to you as Uncle Dwayne in my house. There is not a holiday that goes by that they and you don’t send well wishes…but the time has come. Legacy awaits. I told you years ago that I was going to fulfill my promise to (Paul Walker). I swore that we would reach and manifest the best Fast in the finale that is 10! I say this out of love…but you must show up, do not leave the franchise idle you have a very important role to play. Hobbs can’t be played by no other. I hope that you rise to the occasion and fulfill your destiny.”

Whew, I’ll give this to Diesel; he’s passionate about this. As of press time there has been no official response from Johnson but, as someone who always hopes people can set aside differences and find common ground, I hope that if nothing else a longstanding friendship can be mended, Fast and Furious 10 or not. Make it happen, fellows.

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