On Monday, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson put some of his male Fast 8 costars on blast — calling them unprofessional “candy asses” — in a candid Facebook post from the Atlanta set. While fans initially pointed the finger at Fast & Furious newcomer Scott Eastwood, TMZ has reportedly identified the candy ass in question as none other than franchise star Vin Diesel.
Basically, the set of Fast 8 has now turned into the plot of Fast Five, when The Rock and Diesel’s fictional counterparts traded punches, threw each other through walls, and nearly flattened Rio in the process. WHAT HAPPENED TO “I DON’T GOT FRIENDS, I GOT FAMILY,” VIN?!!
According to TMZ, Johnson and Diesel, who are also both producers on Fast 8, have mostly been at odds throughout production, and Diesel has apparently made some decisions that “didn’t sit well” with the former wrestling champ. While we hate to see our two dads fighting like this, it’s not entirely surprising. After all, a previous report from the set of Furious 7 claimed that Diesel was “extraordinarily difficult” to work with and that he’d often hold up production to go over dialogue and question even the tiniest details in elaborate action sequences.
Given The Rock’s extremely regimented schedule — the man literally has to eat every 90 minutes — he’s probably not down with production delays. E! News also reported that shooting Fast 8 “wasn’t easy for anyone” but was “especially” hard on Johnson. “And while he’s ‘the best guy on the planet to work with,’” an insider told E!, “he's ‘also a very emotional guy’ and ‘likes things to go as he sees fit [while] also being fair.’”
That being said, with a little more than a week to go before the film wraps principal photography, Johnson and Diesel are taking the necessary steps to get their shit together. TMZ reports that they had a meeting on Tuesday, “partly because tensions were running so high it was almost impossible to shoot scenes,” to try and resolve their issues.
They should probably call in Helen Mirren to mediate the conversation. If there’s anyone who can whip those boys into shape, it’s the queen.