Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has rekindled his Fast and Furious feud with Vin Diesel, but for the good of the franchise, it’s time for both actors to finally resolve their differences. Even if Johnson never plays Luke Hobbs again in the Fast franchise, the continued petulance between him and Diesel is a negative distraction for all involved. The repeated barbs thrown between the two stars may be entertaining to watch from a distance, but they aren’t good for Fast and Furious as a whole.
The beef between Diesel and The Rock started at the end of production for The Fate of the Furious, when Johnson shared and quickly deleted an Instagram post calling some of his male costars “candy-asses.” Tyrese Gibson quickly chimed in to defend Diesel, and passive-aggressive jabs have passed back and forth constantly in the years since. Most recently, Johnson said in an interview that he regrets taking his issues public, but that he meant what he said about Diesel and that he received thanks from the crew of The Fate of the Furious for speaking out. The Rock did not appear in the series’ most recent entry, F9: The Fast Saga.
While Fast and Furious 9 was a great movie, it certainly suffered from the absence of Johnson. His irreplaceable onscreen charisma and unique role in the Fast and Furious family of characters has been a big part of the franchise for years, and without him, it’s hard not to see a hole where he could have been. The negative impact of his feud with Diesel is larger than just Hobbs’ absence from the story, however. At this point, the repeated insults are hurting the series’ reputation at large and tainting public perception of both stars.
Whatever really went on between Johnson and Diesel is now years in the past. Continuing to bash each other might make for good headlines, but it’s no longer in either star’s best interest. Many fans are still hoping that The Rock could return in Fast and Furious 10 or Fast and Furious 11, even if it’s just a small cameo role. Unfortunately, with the beef between Johnson and Diesel clearly still active and ugly, the chances of that happening look slim.
It’s likely that by this point, Johnson would rather see Fast and Furious fail, just to stick it to Diesel. That doesn’t make his petty comments look any better, however. The continued feud hurts him, Diesel, and Fast and Furious at large. If the two stars actually care about the millions of people who turn out to watch and love the movies, they owe it to them to squash the beef once and for all, even if it doesn’t bring Hobbs back in any future Fast and Furious films.