Dwayne Johnson has a track record for getting a pretty likable guy—he truly goes out of his way to hook up with supporters on social media—but there’s one particular person he unquestionably does not get together with: Vin Diesel. The pair had a slipping out in the course of the filming of 2016’s The Fate of the Furious, in which Johnson performed the function of Hobbs. That feud has been simmering at any time given that, but it returned to the spotlight this slide when Diesel posted on Instagram inquiring “little brother Dwayne” to return to the franchise. In a new interview with CNN, Johnson manufactured public his reaction to that ask for: Absolutely not.

“I was pretty stunned by Vin’s new put up,” Johnson explained to CNN. “This past June, when Vin and I essentially linked not over social media, I explained to him directly—and privately—that I would not be returning to the franchise.”

That would make Diesel’s put up, which arrived months soon after he and Johnson evidently spoke in person, even a lot more bizarre. For Johnson, on the other hand, these variety of methods are specifically why he and his Quick and Furious co-star did not get together in the initially location.

“Vin’s new public put up was an case in point of his manipulation,” Johnson mentioned. “We had spoken months back about this and arrived to a very clear comprehending.”

Diesel, for his portion, speculated to Men’s Wellbeing in June that Johnson did not value his “tough love” tactic on the set of The Fate of the Furious. Johnson disagreed with that see.

“I laughed and I laughed tough,” he explained to The Hollywood Reporter. “I consider everybody had a snicker at that.”

In spite of the conflict on the 2016 movie, it was not Johnson’s very last visual appearance in the franchise: He went on to star in 2019’s The Quick & Furious Offers: Hobbs & Shaw. In the CNN interview, he manufactured it very clear that he has no tough emotions towards the relaxation of the solid or the sequence in general—a sentiment he manufactured very clear to Diesel when they spoke before this calendar year.

“I was firm nevertheless cordial with my words and phrases and mentioned that I would often be supportive of the solid and often root for the franchise to be effective,” Johnson mentioned, “but that there was no likelihood I would return.”

Diesel will return for the remaining two installments of the Quick and Furious franchise, Quick ten and Quick eleven. The initially of the two movies is slated for a Might 2023 launch day, in accordance to The Hollywood Reporter.

Despite the fact that he’s leaving Quick and Furious in the rear see mirror, Johnson has been being hectic with other tasks. His most up-to-date movie, Red Observe, has smashed Netflix streaming data and come to be the platform’s most-viewed movie of all time. (Look at out our interview with the film’s director, Rawson Marshall Thurber, listed here.) His forthcoming superhero flick, Black Adam, is scheduled for a summer season 2022 launch.


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