Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has confirmed he is finished with the Fast and Furious film franchise.
The Hollywood superstar, 49, made his debut in the hugely-successful action adventure saga back in 2011’s Fast Five, playing bounty hunter Luke Hobbs.
He reprised his role for two more Fast and Furious movies, Furious 7 and The Fate of the Furious, and even fronted spin-off Hobbs & Shaw alongside fellow hardman Jason Statham.
However, Johnson was embroiled in a bitter feud with co-star Vin Diesel during his time on the Fast and Furious movies, and despite claiming they had reconciled and made amends back in 2019, it looks like they won’t be seen on the same screen together again.
The duo’s spat began in 2011, when Diesel was reportedly irked by the former WWE wrestler’s acting skills while filming the flick.
He recently claimed that he was giving The Rock “a lot of tough love” to get his performance “where it needed to be”, alleging that it took a lot of work to get Johnson up to scratch.
In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Dwayne responded to Diesel’s comments, and called time on any future appearances in the Fast and Furious franchise.
“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,” he 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 and Furious movies they do that will be without me.”
During the interview, Johnson’s Jungle Cruise co-star Emily Blunt couldn’t resist getting involved in the duo’s ongoing spat, as she quipped: “Just thank God [Diesel] was there. Thank God. He carried you through that.”
“Felliniesque,” Johnson replied, referencing the now-infamous quote Diesel gave when describing his approach to filmmaking while shooting the Fast and Furious movies.
Speaking to Men’s Health magazine in June, the 54-year-old said he was always fully committed to getting the best of his co-stars while shooting the high-octane thrillers, and said his position as producer maybe made him push some actors too far.
“As a producer to say, ‘Okay, we’re going to take Dwayne Johnson, who’s associated with wrestling, and we’re going to force this cinematic world, audience members, to regard his character as someone that they don’t know’ – Hobbs hits you like a ton of bricks,” Diesel explained.
“That’s something that I’m proud of, that aesthetic. That took a lot of work. We had to get there and sometimes, at that time, I could give a lot of tough love.
“Not Fellini-esque, but I would do anything I’d have to do in order to get performances in anything I’m producing.”