It doesn’t seem like Dwayne Johnson will be returning to the Fast & Furious franchise anytime soon.
After his former co-star, Vin Diesel, addressed their apparently palpable tension last month, Johnson, 49, said he thought Diesel’s comments – in which he spoke about having to give his co-stars “a lot of tough love” – were laughable.
“I laughed and I laughed hard,” he said in an interview with TheHollywood Reporter, which posted Wednesday. “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 movies they do that will be without me.”
The two have been in a feud since wrapping up Fast & Furious production of The Fate of the Furious in 2016. While filming, Johnson made scathing comments about several unnamed male co-stars, calling them “candy asses”.
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“Some conduct themselves as stand-up men and true professionals, while others don’t,” he wrote in an Instagram post. “The ones that don’t are too chicken sh*t to do anything about it anyway. Candy asses. When you watch this movie next April and it seems like I’m not acting in some of these scenes and my blood is legit boiling – you’re right.”
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It was rumoured that the actor was referring to Diesel for constantly being late to set, criticising his co-stars’ acting skills and being difficult to work with.
Diesel, 54, later told Men’s Health that this harsh criticism was purposeful.
“I would do anything I’d have to do in order to get performances in anything I’m producing,” 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.”
Johnson appeared as agent Luke Hobbs in four of the films, as well as the spin-off movie Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw. He did not return for the franchise’s most recent instalment, F9, which also stars Jordana Brewster.
Two more films are reportedly set to follow F9, with director Justin Lin to return for both.
This article originally appeared on the New York Post and was reproduced with permission