Amid Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel Feud Headlines, Co-Star Makes Incremental Gains for Working Both Sides

Published 09/27/2023, 9:15 AM EDT

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Dwayne Johnson left many surprised as he made a comeback to the Fast and Furious movie series earlier this year. Fast X featured a post-credit scene of The Great One, announcing his re-entry to the $7 billion film franchise. This couldn’t have been predicted by many at that time. Johnson’s public fallout with Vin Diesel meant his comeback was almost impossible. However, against all odds, it happened. While fans kept track of the quarrel between the two stars, one actor made massive gains.

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As per reports, the 56-year-old, also a popular action star in his own right, took home a hefty check while reprising his role in Fast X.

Who is the star and how much did he make?

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The Fast franchise is one of the most popular film franchises in the world. Having started with The Fast and the Furious in 2001, it added several sequels and spinoffs to its growing list. While it has been over two decades since its inception, the franchise has been able to add characters without clipping the existing ones, thus creating a well-knit storyline and iconic characters, including Deckard Shaw, played by Jason Statham.

The $90 million Hollywood star is at the forefront of action genre actors in the world with many film credits to his name. His character of Shaw, a tough former UKSF military officer with comic chops, became so popular that he paired with Dwayne Johnson to reprise their roles in Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019). The movie reportedly earned him a fat check of $13 million.

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When Hobbs and Shaw was announced, it made Tyrese Gibson, one of the major stars in the franchise, angry, who accused Johnson of breaking the Fast family. Things took an ugly turn when Johnson, in late 2021, publicly accused Vin Diesel of manipulation. The comment was made after Diesel, the franchise star, urged Johnson to come back for F9, stating that the movie wouldn’t be possible without the wrestler-turned-actor.

Subsequently, Johnson was absent from F9, which saw his hallowed WWE peer, John Cena, play the main antagonist. While all the drama about the fallout was playing out in the open, Statham made his comeback to the fold in Fast X and also managed to get a salary hike.

As per reports, the action star was paid $15 million for his work in the film. So, it seems like he emerged as one of the biggest gainers even when the franchise was rocked by skirmishes featuring two of his biggest co-stars.

But how much did Dwayne Johnson make and where does he stand now?

Dwayne Johnson’s Fast X salary hasn’t been revealed yet. But he took home $20 million for his work as Luke Hobbs in Hobbs & Shaw. Johnson was also reportedly paid $22 million and $22.5 million for Jungle Cruise and Black Adam, respectively.

If the trend continues, it could mean he made more money for Fast X. That said, Johnson is truly back and will have a bigger share of the pie in the upcoming Fast film. Interestingly, he is likely to take on Jason Momoa’s Dante Reyes, the antagonist of Fast X.

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Additionally, Johnson’s Seven Bucks Productions will also be involved in the making of the movie. Since his appearance in Fast X, The Brahma Bull has already announced his truce with the cast members. Surprisingly, he’s also tied up loose ends with Diesel and will work with him in the next film.

While there’s no confirmation of Shaw yet, it could see Statham return. If so, the fans will get to witness the popular pair once again. Fast 11 is tentatively set for a release on April 4, 2025.

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