On Monday, Johnson took to Facebook to air out a few grievances from the Fast 8 set. After praising his “always amazing” female costars, who include original franchise star Michelle Rodriguez and newcomers Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren, The Rock called out certain “chicken shit” male costars. (Daaaaamn.)
“My male co-stars however are a different story. Some conduct themselves as stand up men and true professionals, while others don't,” the producer-actor wrote. “The ones that don’t are too chicken shit to do anything about it anyway. Candy asses.”
“When you watch this movie next April and it seems like I’m not acting in some of these scenes and my blood is legit boiling — you’re right,” he added.
One, who would dare draw the ire of The Rock? Two, does that foolish man have a death wish? And three, what happened to the Fast family? We hate when our dads are fighting.
While it’s unclear which candy-ass costars upset Johnson, some fans have pointed out that franchise newcomer Scott Eastwood recently used the phrase “candy asses” in an interview with Esquire. In the same interview, he even called out his Fast 8 costars, saying that at the end of a scene, “Everyone goes back to their trailer. I stick around and say, ‘Why you are setting up the shot like this?’ I want to learn.” Uh-huh.
Then again, The Rock has been calling people “candy asses” since the late ’90s, so pointing fingers at Eastwood just because he recently used the term is a bit of stretch. There’s also the fact that Johnson specifically says that he’s “not acting in some of these scenes” — and who typically shares the most screen time with Hobbs? Dominic Toretto.
Could Vin Diesel be the cause of The Rock’s ire? It’s possible. After all, Hobbs and Dom have a tempestuous relationship in the Fast franchise, one that could mirror the actors’ real-life relationship. (Not to mention that a previous report cited Diesel as “extraordinarily difficult” to work with on the set of Furious 7. It claimed that, as a producer, Diesel would often hold up production and “summon filmmakers to repeated late-night script sessions” to go over his dialogue.)
That being said, Universal has not only committed to two more Fast and Furious films with Diesel, but there have also been talks about an expanded universe of prequels and spin-offs — one that could even star Johnson’s special agent Hobbs.