When Johnson arrived in the Fast and Furious franchise as Luke Hobbs, he took on Vin Diesel and his entire family. On-screen, the pair eventually put their differences aside and teamed up to deal with Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), but off-screen things didn’t settle down. The fire between the actors flared up again earlier this year when Diesel was asked about the feud. About working with Johnson, he said, “I could give a lot of hard love.”
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Diesel continued, “Not Felliniesque, but I would do anything I should to get performances in anything I produce.”
Johnson was asked about his response to these comments in a new interview for the Disney movie Jungle Cruise. He said: “I laughed and I laughed hard.
“I think everyone had to laugh about that. And I’ll leave it at that. And that I wish them the best.” (Via The Hollywood Reporter)
The Jungle Cruise actor then revealed that he would not be returning to the Fast and Furious franchise.
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Johnson said, “I wish them the best of luck with Fast 9. And I wish them the best of luck with Fast 10 and Fast 11 and the rest of the Fast & Furious movies they’re making without me.”
The actor was interviewed alongside his Jungle Cruise co-star Emily Blunt, who sarcastically added, “Thank goodness he was there.
‘Thank God. He carried you through it.’ Johnson continued by repeating, “Felliniesque,” jokingly.
This isn’t the first time Johnson has been out on Diesel in their long relationship.
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In 2016, Johnson posted a photo to his Instagram account that read, “Some (male co-stars) act like stand-up men and real professionals, while others don’t.”
He added: “Family will have differences of opinion and fundamental core beliefs. For me a conflict can be a good thing, if it is followed by a great solution.” (sic)
This message has since been removed.
In 2018, Johnson told Rolling Stone, “Vin and I had a few discussions, including an important face-to-face conversation in my trailer.”
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Johnson continued, “What I realized is that we have a fundamental difference in philosophies about how we make films and work together.
“It took a while, but I’m grateful for that clarity. Whether we start working together again or not.”
Despite the fact that Jonhson will not team up with Diesel in future installments of the Fast and Furious franchise, he will return in the movie universe.
He previously co-starred with Statham in the spin-off Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw.
Hobbs & Shaw has already gotten a sequel, meaning Johnson and Statham will be back on the big screen together in the near future.
The title of the film has not yet been announced, but it will certainly address the identity of the evil character The Director.
The Fast and Furious saga is available to watch on Amazon Prime.
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