When Johnson arrived on the Fast and Furious franchise as Luke Hobbs he was pitted against Vin Diesel and the entirety of his family. On-screen, the pair eventually put their differences aside and worked together to take on Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), but off-screen things didn’t settle down. The fire between the actors reignited earlier this year when Diesel was asked about the feud. On working with Johnson, he said: “I could give a lot of tough love.”
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Diesel went on: “Not Felliniesque, but I would do anything I’d have to do in order to get performances in anything I’m producing.”
Johnson was asked about his reaction to these comments in a new interview for Disney movie Jungle Cruise. He 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.” (Via The Hollywood Reporter)
The Jungle Cruise actor then went on to reveal he would not be returning to the Fast and Furious franchise.
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Johnson said: “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.”
The actor was being interviewed alongside his Jungle Cruise co-star Emily Blunt, who sarcastically added: “Just thank god he was there.
“Thank God. He carried you through that.” Johnson followed up by repeating: “Felliniesque,” jokingly.
This is not the first time Johnson has hit out at Diesel in their long relationship.
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In 2016 Johnson posted a photo on his Instagram account which read: “Some (male co-stars) conduct themselves as stand up men and true professionals, while others don’t.”
He added: “Family is gonna have differences of opinion and fundamental core beliefs. To me, conflict can be a good thing, when it’s followed by great resolution.” (sic)
This post has since been deleted.
In 2018 Johnson told Rolling Stone: “Vin and I had a few discussions, including an important face-to-face in my trailer.”
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Johnson went on: “What I came to realise is that we have a fundamental difference in philosophies on how we approach moviemaking and collaborating.
“It took me some time, but I’m grateful for that clarity. Whether we work together again or not.”
Despite the fact Jonhson will not be working alongside Diesel in future episodes of the Fast and Furious franchise, he will be back in the film universe.
He previously starred in the spin-off Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, alongside Statham.
Hobbs & Shaw has already had a sequel greenlit, meaning Johnson and Statham will be back on the big screen together in the near future.
The film’s title has not yet been announced, but it will surely address the identity of the malevolent character The Director.
The Fast and Furious saga is available to watch on Amazon Prime.
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