Vin Diesel’s Facebook page has become the ultimate confessional booth, and following an alleged spat between him and co-star Dwayne Johnson, the actor has posted a new video talking about Johnson’s role in the franchise.
Diesel said that the reason he brought Johnson into the Fast franchise, starting with Fast 5, was because of fans demands to see them on screen together. The actor added that they have always tried to listen to what their fans wanted to see out of the movies, and when Johnson agreed to join the series, they were more than happy with how the performance turned out.
"So we gave the role that was originally written for Tommy Lee Jones, we gave it to Dwayne and he shined in it," Diesel said.
Diesel didn’t add anything about the alleged issues the two shared on set, that sparked interest after Johnson published a post on Facebook about working with "candy ass" actors. Days after the post went live, TMZ reported that Johnson was talking about Diesel and the two held a meeting at an undisclosed location in Los Angeles to hash it out.
Since Johnson’s introduction into the franchise as Special Agents Hobbs, he’s become a vital part of the series, appearing in the last two films as well. In the upcoming Fast 8, they’ll be joined by other major actors like Helen Mirren and Charlize Theron, with Johnson’s role being one of the biggest yet for the actor since he joined the family.