Vin Diesel Says Fast & Furious Tension With Dwayne Johnson Was Due To 'Tough Love'

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What happens when an unstoppable force meets and immovable object? Just ask Vin Diesel and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, two of the biggest men in Hollywood–in every sense. The two have allegedly been feuding for years after butting heads during filming of Fate of the Furious, and now Vin Diesel is offering his first comments on the matter in a new interview with Men’s Health.

“It was a tough character to embody, the Hobbs character,” Diesel says in the interview. “My approach at the time was a lot of tough love to assist in getting that performance where it needed to be. 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. 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 Felliniesque, but I would do anything I’d have to do in order to get performances in anything I’m producing.”

Word of the feud first started to emerge in 2016 during the filming of the then-upcoming Fast & Furious 8 when Johnson posted to Instagram about his time on the film, commenting on the professionalism of the crew and his female co-stars, while saying that his male co-stars were “a different story.”

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