The Rock Turns Down Vin Diesel’s Plea for Him to Join Fast & Furious 10

Dwayne Johnson rejects Vin Diesel’s request for him to return to Fast & Furious 10, calling it an example of the actor’s “manipulation.”

The Rock Turns Down Vin Diesel's Plea for Him to Join Fast & Furious 10
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Vin Diesel in Fast & Furious. Credit: Universal Pictures

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has finally spoken about the invitation to join Fast and Furious 10. Vin Diesel asked him to return to the film franchise, but he rejected it. Johnson had joined the film franchise in 2011, and in 2017, the feud between the two stars became public.

The Rock-Diesel feud

On August 6, 2016, Johnson created an Instagram post in which he praised some of his female co-stars while criticising some of the male co-stars. He dubbed the latter as candy asses, and it was rumoured that he was referring to Vin Diesel. The reason was probably because of Diesel’s behaviour on set.


Since then, both the stars have acknowledged that there is a feud between them in different social media posts and interviews. They apparently made up recently, but it doesn’t seem so now as The Rock believes Diesel is not being totally genuine, especially with his latest plea on social media. In November this year, Diesel used social media to ask his little brother Dwayne to return to the film franchise. Now, Johnson has rejected it.


In a recent interview, Johnson stated that Diesel’s plea is an example of his manipulation, and they have had a private conversation about the matter. The WWE star had clearly stated that he won’t be returning to the franchise in those conversations. He stated that he was “firm yet cordial with [his] words.” He added that he would “always be supportive of the cast.” He also mentioned that there’s “no chance [he] would return.”


“I was very surprised by Vin’s recent post. This past June, when Vin and I actually connected not over social media, I told him directly – and privately – that I would not be returning to the franchise. I was firm yet cordial with my words and said that I would always be supportive of the cast and always root for the franchise to be successful, but that there was no chance I would return. I privately spoke with my partners at Universal as well, all of whom were very supportive as they understand the problem.

Vin’s recent public post was an example of his manipulation. I didn’t like that he brought up his children in the post, as well as Paul Walker’s death. Leave them out of it. We had spoken months ago about this and came to a clear understanding. My goal all along was to end my amazing journey with this incredible ‘Fast & Furious’ franchise with gratitude and grace. It’s unfortunate that this public dialogue has muddied the waters. Regardless, I’m confident in the ‘Fast’ universe and its ability to consistently deliver for the audience, and I truly wish my former co-stars and crew members the best of luck and success in the next chapter.”


In the same interview, Johnson also mentioned that he didn’t like it when Diesel brought up his children in the Instagram post. If you are unaware, in the post, Diesel had written that his children refer to Johnson as “Uncle Dwayne.” He also mentioned that “there’s not a holiday that goes by that [his children] and [Johnson] don’t send well wishes.”


Johnson also highlighted that bringing Paul Walker’s tragic death into the equation was also a bad move. In the post, Diesel had stated that he was going to “fulfill [his] promise to Pablo” (Walker’s nickname) in making the “best Fast in the finale that is 10!”

It seems that the feud is still there, and the fans who love seeing both stars on screen in the Fast & Furious franchise will be disappointed. Although The Rock and Diesel were reported to have “made up” in the past, it seems Johnson still does not want to work with Diesel ever again.

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