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You can always smell what The Rock is cooking because it smells like Fast and Furious trash talk. Dwayne Johnson just took another shot at the "loud clowns" and "candy asses" of our world while promoting more box office wins for the Fast spinoff Hobbs & Shaw.
At no point does he name Tyrese in his new post, but The Rock never adds names. Instead, his fans are now flooding Tyrese's comments to note that Hobbs & Shaw has made more than $700 million worldwide, so does Tyrese still have anything to say?
Yes, kids, it's back to school time and it's clear we're all still in fourth grade! It has been three years since The Rock launched this "candy asses" feud against his male Fast and Furious co-stars, but the latest updates are all about his Hobbs spinoff with Jason Statham's Shaw.
Dwayne Johnson is all over that stuff. He would be anyway as a producer, but now he's rubbing it in after Tyrese mocked Hobbs & Shaw's relatively low box office opening. The Rock celebrated H&S topping $700M by adding this Instagram caption to a screenshot of Deadline's story on the spinoff rocking records for the Fast and Furious franchise:
Assassins quietly play chess loud clowns play checkers.
Thank you audiences worldwide for this incredible support and massive win.
Very cool and we’re grateful for the love.
He added a clown emoji in place of the "e" in #nocandyasses to emphasize the clownery. That's in keeping with the last time he seemed to address Tyrese's Hobbs & Shaw box office shade (see below).
Tyrese is now being mentioned all over both stars' comments; here are a couple of replies to The Rock's new post:
• You gonna have Tyrese in his feelings again.
• Someone wipe tyrese's tears please.
Meanwhile, Tyrese Gibson was just trying to figure out how to pronounce Edinburgh, Scotland in a new Instagram video he shared. But his comments are now filled with digs like this:
• Tryna keep yourself distracted from the records Hobbs & Shaw are breaking
• The Fast and Furious franchise now belongs to Dwayne Johnson.
• Gonna watch Hobbs and Shaw while you're there?
• Hobbs and Shaw made 700 million is it still a L?
This "candy asses" feud has been going on since Dwayne Johnson called out the Fast 8 men toward the end of filming for what would be called The Fate of the Furious. The Rock's "candy asses" rant was said to mostly be about Vin Diesel, but there was also a separate beef between The Rock and Tyrese. Tyrese was upset that Fast and Furious 9 was delayed so that Johnson could get his own Hobbs spinoff. Here's what Tyrese wrote at the time:
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.
Another Baywatch? Ouch. Fast-forward to Hobbs & Shaw's opening, and Tyrese seemed to delight in headlines about the spinoff having the lowest domestic opening since Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift in 2006.
I have to show my respects for one thing…. He tried........ Folks called me a hater…. And attacked me for speaking out..... Breaking up the family clearly doesn’t have the value that one would assume it does.
Dwayne Johnson seemed to fire back at that shade as the Hobbs & Shaw box office kept steadily climbing, especially overseas:
#1 movie and $333M worldwide, ain't too shabby.
And remember, the est way to shut the mouth of a [clown emoji] is to flex with success and a smile.
And now Hobbs & Shaw is passing $700 million worldwide, with an overwhelming amount coming from the foreign box office.
Dwayne Johnson is not in Fast and Furious 9, which is now filming with Vin Diesel, Tyrese, and newcomers like John Cena. Jordana Brewster has also returned, and since Paul Walker's brother Cody was recently on set, that left some fans (like myself) wondering if we might be seeing the return of Brian in some fashion.
Hobbs & Shaw, technically called Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, is now in theaters but it will probably see its top non-Disney/Marvel movie status dethroned very soon. Fast and Furious 9 will eventually be called something else and it's currently scheduled to open in theaters May 22, 2020.