Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Vin Diesel are officially beefing, and sources say the drama has been brewing for some time. “Tension has been building up for months,” a source close to the production tells.
Johnson was first to publicly drop hints about the feud with a lengthy Instagram rant calling out “some” of his male co-stars. But one set source says the problems began with Diesel’s frustrations over the former wrestling pro’s behaviour on set on set. “Vin has been having problems with The Rock because The Rock keeps showing up late for production,” the source explains. “Sometimes he doesn’t show up at all and he’s delaying the production.”
There have also been reports of diva behavior on Diesel’s part, especially during the filming of Fast 7. “Vin spent a whole day in his trailer one day,” a source said. Another source said that Diesel “was constantly late [when we worked together]. The source added that Diesel “acted like a diva and has held up production before” and that “it’s not surprising that he’s the one The Rock is calling out.”
Johnson praised the sequel, its “hard working” crew, Universal Studios, and his “amazing” female co-stars. “My male co-stars, however, are a different story,” he wrote. “Some conduct themselves as stand up men and true professionals, while others don’t,” Johnson continued. “The ones that don’t are too chicken s*** to do anything about it anyway. Candy asses.”
Fast 8 co-star Tyrese Gibson came to the Rock’s defence in a since deleted Instagram post, writing, “DJ happens to be one of the most humble, down to earth and professional people I’ve ever worked with.”
But according to the source, Johnson’s tardiness has been an issue for the production, and Diesel, who has been a star in the franchise since the first installment back in 2001, got fed up. “I don’t know what’s going on with The Rock,” says the source. “He is always late and it really has delayed our production. Vin just couldn’t take it anymore.”