Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Accuses Vin Diesel of ‘Manipulation’ Over ‘Fast and Furious’ Post

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Vin Diesel have been feuding for years, and it seems like the tension between them isn’t going to subside any time soon. Johnson recently responded to an Instagram post Diesel made begging him to return to the Fast and Furious films. Here’s what Diesel posted, Johnson’s response, and how fans are reacting. 

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Vin Diesel pose together at an event.
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Vin Diesel posted a public plea for ‘brother’ Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson to return to the ‘Fast and Furious’ franchise

On Nov. 7, 2021, Vin Diesel posted an emotional Instagram message publicly pleading with Dwayne Johnson to appear in the next Fast and Furious film.

“My little brother Dwayne… the time has come,” Diesel captioned a photo of himself and Johnson facing each other. “The world awaits the finale of Fast 10.”

Diesel went on to say that Johnson is like a member of his family. “As you know, my children refer to you as Uncle Dwayne in my house,” he wrote. “There is not a holiday that goes by that they and you don’t send well wishes… but the time has come. Legacy awaits.”

He begged Johnson to return to the popular movie franchise. “I told you years ago that I was going to fulfill my promise to Pablo,” he wrote, referencing the late Paul Walker. “I swore that we would reach and manifest the best Fast in the finale that is 10! I say this out of love… but you must show up, do not leave the franchise idle you have a very important role to play. Hobbs can’t be played by no other. I hope that you rise to the occasion and fulfill your destiny.”

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson called Vin Diesel’s post an ‘example of his manipulation’

Johnson responded to Diesel’s post in a Dec. 30, 2021 interview with CNN

“I was very surprised by Vin’s recent post,” Johnson shared. “This past June, when Vin and I actually connected not over social media, I told him directly – and privately – that I would not be returning to the franchise.” 

Johnson added that he thought he was clear when he told Diesel he wouldn’t be returning to the Fast and Furious movies. “I was firm yet cordial with my words and said that I would always be supportive of the cast and always root for the franchise to be successful, but that there was no chance I would return,” he said. “I privately spoke with my partners at Universal as well, all of whom were very supportive as they understand the problem.”

Johnson went on to accuse Diesel of manipulation and said he didn’t like that he mentioned his children and Paul Walker’s death. “Vin’s recent public post was an example of his manipulation,” he said. “I didn’t like that he brought up his children in the post, as well as Paul Walker’s death. Leave them out of it. We had spoken months ago about this and came to a clear understanding.”

He said that he wanted to exit the franchise gracefully. “My goal all along was to end my amazing journey with this incredible Fast and Furious franchise with gratitude and grace. It’s unfortunate that this public dialogue has muddied the waters.”

But he shared that he believes the remaining cast members will deliver a great movie for fans. “Regardless, I’m confident in the Fast universe and its ability to consistently deliver for the audience, and I truly wish my former co-stars and crew members the best of luck and success in the next chapter.”

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Fans are having mixed reactions to the ‘Fast and Furious’ star’s post

Fans are taking sides in the disagreement with Vin Diesel and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Some want Johnson to heed Diesel’s plea, while others are advising him to stay away. 

One fan commented, “Vin sounds desperate,” while another simply wrote, “Cringe.”

Others agreed with Diesel, calling for Johnson to return to the franchise. One fan commented, “@therock we love you in these films your the people’s champion do it for the people!!!!” And another wrote, “@therock we want you in f10 !!! So I hope agent Hobs come back in F10!”

But some fans urged Johnson to stay away from Diesel and the Fast and Furious movies, with comments like, “Dwayne Johansson don’t come in the ff 10 u know u and vindesel got big fight do not come if u come he will insult u🙏🏻🙏🏻”