The Rock and Vin Diesel

We don't get to use the phrase "candy asses" on CinemaBlend enough. So we're thankful every time The Rock opens up a can of whoop ass on his #CandyAssed Fast & Furious co-stars... and several of them had to smell what Dwayne Johnson is cooking thanks to a family feud swirling around Fast & Furious 9 and the planned Rock-Jason Statham spinoff movie.

What is going on in Fast & Furious land lately? A lot of this drama can be traced all the way back to the making of The Fate of the Furious, where Dwayne Johnson (a relative newcomer to the franchise who joined the cast in Fast Five) had beef with franchise Founding Father Vin Diesel... allegedly. In an Instagram message shared more than a year ago, The Rock let off some steam with the following rant:

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.

Love it. A legit peek behind the curtain of a massive blockbuster. In the run up to the release of The Fate of the Furious, everyone involved tried to play down the extent of the heat between Dwayne Johnson and his co-stars. As recently as five months ago, TMZ reported that Johnson and Vin Diesel had worked through their differences, and were ready to collaborate again. There are, after all, more Fast & Furious movies to be made. Why rock the very lucrative boat (pun intended)?

Tyrese Gibson in Fast & Furious

Only, some choppy waters were on the horizon for the Fast & Furious family. For starters, Furious 9 (or whatever it ends up being called) was delayed. Instead of arriving in theaters on April 19, 2019, it was moved back to April 10, 2020. Speculation swirled about why it was delayed, but then news dropped that the spinoff movie with Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham's characters would drift into 2019. And franchise icon Tyrese Gibson took this move personally, calling out the Rock and screaming:

Congratulations to @TheRock and your brother in law aka 7 bucks producing partner @hhgarcia41 for making the fast and the furious franchise about YOU - And like you, DJ even if they call I will not be deleting this post - Gn folks see you in 2020 April #FastFamily right? Nah..... it's about #TeamDewayne #3yrs will it be worth the wait? #NoShaw just Hobbs will this be another #BayWatch? Guys guys just relax I'm just a passionate film critic.

The pot had been stirred. How did Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson react to these bombshells? Read on to find out.

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