Vin Diesel & The Rock Have Entered the 'Extreme Passive Aggression' Stage of Their Fight
If you’ve been following the Vin Diesel/Dwayne Johnson feud (YOU HAVE BEEN, RIGHT? It’s the best Boy Shit (TM LaineyGossip) on the internet right now), you’ve seen The Rock lash out at those originally unnamed “candy asses” on the set of Fast & Furious 8, who all eventually had their asses outed as being named Vin Diesel.
This is my final week of shooting #FastAndFurious8. There's no other franchise that gets my blood boiling more than this one. An incredible hard working crew. UNIVERSAL has been great partners as well. My female co-stars are always amazing and I love 'em. My male co-stars however are a different story. Some conduct themselves as stand up men and true professionals, while others don't. 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. Bottom line is it'll play great for the movie and fits this Hobbs character that's embedded in my DNA extremely well. The producer in me is happy about this part😉. Final week on FAST 8 and I'll finish strong. #IcemanCometh #F8 #ZeroToleranceForCandyAsses
Then we heard that the two had a meeting to work their stuff out, but never got an actual resolution notification. But then Vin came back with promises that he would tell us EVERYTHING, hidden at the end of a Great Dad, Drunk Dad, off-putting Barry White impression video.
While The Rock put up two tea-sipping posts in which he make it beyond clear that he loves the crew, and the crew loves him. He is staking his claim on the title of Guy Who Isn’t Terrible on this set.
Boy Shit Exhibit A:
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
Boy Shit Exhibit Bae:
Finished strong and on to the next. That's an officially wrap on #FastAndFurious8. Thank you to our director @fgarygray for the vision and execution. Thank you UNIVERSAL for being tremendous partners as always, thank you to all my fellow co-stars for the daily effort and grind. Scott Eastwood you handsome sumbitch! Natalie Emmanuel I have a cold Budweiser ready for you and Tyrese Gibson you still have the biggest smile and forehead I've ever seen.😂 And a huge THANK YOU to our hard working production crew - the backbone of our business. Your kind words meant a lot to me last night - thank you! In the end, we all rallied, as great teams do, kicked ass and will deliver an amazing movie to the world. Proud of our entire FAST FAMILY. And now in two weeks I'll reunite with ol' friends Kevin Hart & Jack Black and we have the honor to introduce a whole new generation to the amazing world of #JUMANJI. *(for the record we are NOT making a reboot, but rather a continuation of the awesome JUMANJI story). It's also crazy to me how much me, Kev and Jack look like triplets when we're together. 👶🏽👶🏻👶🏿. Man this is gonna be FUN. #WheelsUp #ThatsAWrap #FromFastAndFurious #StraightIntoJumanji #BigBrownBaldTattooedMan #DarkChocolateComedicRockStar #BrillaintCrazyCurvyCaucasion #TheseHashtagsAreRidiculous #INeedSleepAndCARBS #ButIWillSettleForTequila
And sure, there were a few people he left out of his yearbook signing thank you notes, but I think we all know who the Gretchen Weiners here is. (Psst, it’s Vin Diesel.)
Then on Friday, Vin Diesel put up another post to either, as it’s being swung by various outlets, “temper” the feud or fuel it. Which do you think this could possibly be?
First, Vin starts his Facebook Live video with a few minutes of silence, some mutterings with the camera pointed at one eyeball, then some words about SOME *coughcough* people use the internet for bad.
It’s profound what social media— how far into social media has come. Such a powerful tool. SUCH a powerful tool. And you can use it destructively, or you can use it productively. If you’re using it in a positive way, there’s literally nothing better.
He then rambled a bit about his “old school New York style of acting.” You know, how the real work on a film comes before you set foot on set. As in— to totally put his own intended words in his mouth— before The Rock was around.
But the real burn came when Diesel talked about how The Rock came to join Vin’s movie.
The reason we brought Dwayne Johnson into Fast 5 was because of you! There was a girl named Jan Kelly who said, ‘I would love to see you work together on screen.’ So the role that was originally written for Tommy Lee Jones, we gave it to Dwayne and he shined in it.
There’s a compliment in there, sure. But you more innocent roses out there may not see that this is (at least potentially) level upon level of passive aggressive terror. Because what’s underneath the compliment? First of all, let’s look at who Vin thinks was responsible for casting The Rock in this movie. Not Johnson himself; not even a director or casting agent or anyone with power. It was the plebs!
Second, that “we” brought him in may seem like a totally innocent pronoun to you sweet summer children out there. But any product of WASPs knows coded language when we see it. Vin & team is “we,” as in THEIR movie, THEIR work, and how lucky Dwayne is that we all demanded they let him into their cool exclusive club.
This is, no doubt, incredibly petty, but there’s something delicious about insanely muscly men refusing to use their big boy words, and instead choosing to throw shade all over the internet. I have seen exactly one movie in this franchise, but I would watch the hell out of this show.