2016 has been a real asshole of a year, snatching away Bowie and Prince, giving us the mind-melting rise of Republican Babadook Donald Trump, and a summer of shockingly subpar cinematic spectacle. So when enthusiasm personified Dwayne Johnson admitted he was having a tough time on the set of Fast 8 because of some “candyass” male co-stars, we were worried. When it was revealed that the Rock’s beef was with none other than Vin Diesel, we were downright distraught.
In a year with so much divisiveness, hatred and disappointment, how could Fast and Furious fans be expected to choose sides when each offers a beloved and brawny ray of sunshine in human form?! Especially when this film series is all about the importance of the family you build!
All of us:
Thankfully, 2016’s latest trial has come to a quick and peaceable end. Reports say Diesel and Johnson had a sit down, and the latter’s latest Instagram share suggests the beef has been mightily squashed.
My FINAL WEEK of shooting #FastAndFurious. There's no greatness ever achieved alone.. it's always a team effort. We promised an epic prison break out for you guys and we delivered. HUGE THANK YOU to my ohana (family) stunt coordinator JJ Perry and his bad ass fearless stunt team - as well as my cousin and incredible stunt double @samoanstuntman. Thank you team for the willingness to "die hard" and drop your blood & sweat daily for our movie. #MyStuntBrothers #Loco4Life You guys reading this know how much I believe in the idea of TEAM EFFORT. That means respecting every person, their time and their value when they step on to my set or partner with our production company. And like with any team - that's a family - there's gonna be conflict. Family is gonna have differences of opinion and fundamental core beliefs. To me, conflict can be a good thing, when its followed by great resolution. I was raised on healthy conflict and welcome it. And like any family, we get better from it. At the end of the day me and #F8 co-stars all agree on the most important thing: Delivering an incredible movie to the world. #Fast8 #IcemanCometh #FamilyGrowth
We don’t need to choose sides, Pajibans! Because just like us, the Fast and Furious family fights sometimes. It doesn’t mean they don’t love each other. It means passions run high when you’re making the most macho melodrama franchise the world has ever known! Oh men, you so emotional, but we love you anyway.
Let’s all take a cue from Johnson and Tay-Tay, and shake it off:
Kristy Puchko raises a Corona in relief.