Why Did The Rock Quit the Fast and Furious Franchise?

Published 01/01/2022, 8:00 AM EST


For years, the beef between Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Vin Diesel has taken over the front and center of Hollywood gossip. The two successful stars have left their presence on the Fast and Furious Franchise.

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However, with all of this bad blood, are The Rock and Vin Diesel still friends? Let’s find out.

Why did Dwayne Johnson leave the Fast and Furious franchise?

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The two giants of the Hollywood industry can not seem to figure out the middle ground here. It all started in 2016 when The Rock openly criticized the franchise’s producer, Vin Diesel, for having a brash attitude on the movie set.

However, the real ruckus started when the former WWE champion took to Instagram in a now-deleted post where he called out the “men” on The Fate of the Furious movie.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – APRIL 15: Dwayne Johnson (The Rock) and Vin Diesel (R) pose for photographers during the premiere of the movie “Fast and Furious 5” at Cinepolis Lagoon on April 15, 2011, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/LatinContent via Getty Images)

Eventually, the pair reportedly clashed several times during the filming. It seemed like a fallout on the set between the two Hollywood stalwarts, which was enough to drive ‘The Great One’ away from the legendary franchise.

What did Vin Diesel say about Dwayne Johnson’s exit?

There was no direct response from Diesel. However, he also took to his Twitter and wrote that in his home, his kids calls The Rock, Uncle Dwayne.

However, one tweet from Vin started a frenzy when he invited ‘The Rock’ to rejoin the cast and the franchise for the grand finale of the franchise and this is what the late Paul Walker wanted.

Diesel talked about his relationship with The Rock in 2017 after he exited the franchise.

Vin revealed that he and Rock are close but differently. He also jokingly shared that in his house, his kids often refer to The Rock as Uncle Dwayne.

Are Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Vin Diesel still friends?

To say these gentlemen are friends would be a complicated notion. Both men have confessed multiple times that they are philosophically two different men.

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Speaking with CNN, The Rock recently called Vin Diesel “manipulative” because he used his kids and late Paul Walker to lure The Rock to get back to the franchise.

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During the interview, the former WWE champion confessed he didn’t like the way Vin used his kids and the late Paul Walker into the tweet while asking him to rejoin the cast.

Furthermore, The Rock also admitted that he will not be getting back into the franchise.

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Prithvi Mishra

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Prithvi Mishra is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports. He graduated from Raj Kumar Goel Institute of Technology in Ghaziabad. Having started his career as a UFC writer, Prithvi has nearly 2 years worth of experience in covering combat sports.

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