Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson "laughed hard" after Vin Diesel claimed to have given him "tough love" to improve his performance in the ‘Fast & Furious’ franchise
Vin, 53, recently insisted that reports of a feud between him and The Rock, 49, came about because he pushed his co-star "to assist in getting that performance where it needed to be" but Johnson has ridiculed his claims
24 July 2021
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter about his reaction to the comments, Johnson said: "I laughed and I laughed hard. 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'. 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.”
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Vin previously claimed that as a producer on the action series, he had a particular vision for the former wrestler’s character Luke Hobbs and was keen for him to be taken seriously in the role.
He said: “It was a tough character to embody, the Hobbs character. My approach at the time was a lot of tough love to assist in getting that performance where it needed to be.
“As a producer to say, ‘OK, 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 took a lot of work. We had to get there and sometimes, at that time, I could give a lot of tough love.
“Not Felliniesque, but I would do anything I’d have to do in order to get performances in anything I’m producing.”
And Johnson's 'Jungle Cruise' co-star Emily Blunt couldn't resist mocking Diesel's claims, saying: "Just thank God he was there. Thank God. He carried you through that.”
Johnson quipped: “Felliniesque."