Vin Diesel defends Dwayne Johnson in Fast 9 feud
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The Fast And The Furious series is all about brotherhood… and Vin Diesel, 50, has mediated a dispute within his onscreen ‘family’.
The Fast & Furious star took to Instagram on Saturday to address the heated feud between Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, 45, and Tyrese Gibson, 38.
Posting a screenshot of Diesel supporting Johnson during a scene, the action tough guy asserts: ‘I know there has been a lot of speculation as to why the Fast 9 release date was pushed… but it would be unfair to say it is anyone’s fault.’
Lean on me: Vin Diesel, 50, took to Instagram on Saturday to address the heated feud between Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, 45, and Tyrese Gibson, 38
‘Brotherhood… and all it’s complexities. This scene was filmed in Puerto Rico, I can remember it like it was yesterday. Such a beautiful island, the people were so warm and welcoming. I turned 43 that summer… and my son Vincent was born,’ began the Pitch Black star’s post.
Diesel then appeared to take credit for casting the WWE star, writing:
‘A woman named Jan Kelly responded to a question I had asked on Facebook, ‘who they would like to see me work with?’ She said would love to see me work with Dwayne… I listened to her request and he became Hobbs.’
Family feud: The Fast And The Furious series is all about brotherhood… and Vin Diesel has mediated a dispute within his onscreen ‘family’
‘I know there has been a lot of speculation as to why the Fast 9 release date was pushed… but it would be unfair to say it is anyone’s fault,’ he continued.
‘As we plot the course to expand the Fast & Furious universe, one must be mindful to take stock of the roads we took to get here. The pillars of authenticity, family and most importantly, our loyal fan’s perspective has been instrumental in procuring success.’
‘However, like any vehicle that has run around the globe 8 times, the franchise is in need of maintenance. My good friend and the godfather of Universal, Ron Meyer has granted me the time to do just that.’
‘We have some very exciting news to share soon… stay tuned. Yours truly, Dom’
Brother from another mother: ‘I know there has been a lot of speculation as to why the release date was pushed… but it would be unfair to say it is anyone’s fault’ wrote Diesel, here in 2011
The trouble all began when Tyrese Gibson too offense at the fact that the highly-anticipated Fast 9 was pushed back.
The actor lashed on Instagram at his co-star Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson whom he blames the delay on.
Universal Pictures confirmed on Wednesday that the film’s release will move back to April 10, 2020, but did not give a reason.
‘Congratulations for making the franchise about YOU’: Tyrese Gibson has slammed Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson after the Fast 9 release date was pushed back a year
But Gibson, who plays Roman Pearce in the mega-successful franchise, claimed it was because of a spin-off The Rock’s character had been granted.
‘#PSA Congratulations to @TheRock and your brother in law aka 7 bucks producing partner @hhgarcia41 for making the fast and the furious franchise about YOU,’ he spat in a post depicting the new release date.
‘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?’ he added. ‘Guys guys just relax I’m just a passionate film critic.’
Boo hoo: Gibson, who plays Roman Pearce in the mega-successful franchise, claimed it was because of a spin-off The Rock’s character had been granted
Gibson has taken shots at Johnson a number of times on social media, a medium he claims he uses because he can’t get The Rock to return his calls.
Last month he warned Johnson, via the comments section of one of Johnson’s Instagram posts, not to go ahead with the spin-off, which would center on his bounty hunter Luke Hobbs and Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw.
‘If you move forward with that #Hobbs Movie you will have purposely ignored the heart to heart moment we had in my sprinter — I don’t wanna hear from you until you remember what we talked about,’ he wrote.
‘I’m on your timeline cause you’re not responding to my text messages — #FastFamily is just that a family……. We don’t fly solo,’ he added.
After failing to get a reply, he went back to his own Instagram page, and posted a lengthier statement – again asking him to delay the spin-off – with picture of the two men together.
Call me maybe? Gibson has taken shots at Johnson a number of times on social media, a medium he claims he uses because he can’t get The Rock to return his calls
‘I have never and will never have a problem with this major movie star he’s my brother…. I repeat ever……. bro just being honest I didn’t like Bay Watch lol – but I did rent out 2 full theaters and take a bunch of kids with my daughter from her #PrivateSchool to support Moana!!!! ( I was surprised you could sing so well )…. oh sh*t!!” he wrote.
“I’m simply trying to reach him cause he won’t call me back about this solo #HobbsMovie I want you to shoot it just not right now cause the #Fast9 release date has already been announced and we can’t let our loyal fans #FastFamily or our loyal fast and furious FANS down on any level from pushing the date.’
‘I’m doing this only on behalf of our families so we keep them all in private school…… God bless you good brother!!!! I never ever go public with private family issues…. Once you hit me back I will delete every post,’ he concluded — which he eventually did.
Gibson even got involved in Johnson’s reported been with Vin Diesel, after Fast eight had wrapped.
The Rock infamously slammed one of his ‘male co-stars’ without naming him, although it was widely believed to have been Diesel.
Not fair: Last month he warned Johnson not to go ahead with the spin off (pictured with co-stars Nathalie Emmanuel and Vin Diesel)
The former WWE star said working on the franchise made his ‘blood boil’ — not because of his amazing crew, studio or female co-stars, but one of the males.
‘Some conduct themselves as stand up men and true professionals, while others don’t. The ones that don’t are too chicken s**t to do anything about it anyway. Candy asses,’ he wrote.
Gibson later attacked him for not naming the person in another to-be-deleted post
‘Does any of us know why bro decided to jump out there with his post? No…… Would one assume that IF he’s going to jump out there and generalize and say ‘Male Co-Stars’ he would be more clear and call out names??? Of course he should of.
The actor then went on to praise his co-star and friend.
‘DJ happens to be one of the most humble, down to earth and professional people I’ve ever worked with and more importantly he’s my brother we have NEVER had a problem and will never have a problem (sic)’
‘Let me calm you guys all the way down…….. I don’t know WHO he has a problem [WITH]and I don’t have any details of WHAT those problems are – as a matter of fact if I DID know I would tell you s–t!!!
Previous beef: The former WWE star said working on the franchise made his ‘blood boil’ — not because of his amazing crew, studio or female co-stars, but one of the males
‘Why are you guys so impressionable? A man wouldn’t be singing from his heart and soul to another mans little angel if he had a problem with her dad (sic)’ he wrote alongside a video of Johnson singing to Tyrese’s ten-year-old daughter Shayla.
Meanwhile, Tyrese is embroiled in another social media battle, this time with his ex-wife Norma Gibson, who has accused him of beating their child.
TMZ reported the LA County Department of Children and Family Services are investigating after she said he ‘viciously beat’ Shayla so hard that she ‘couldn’t sit down’.
Norma is seeking a permanent restraining order and full physical and legal custody of the girl.
Tyrese took to Instagram to post a lengthy statement while accusing his ex of being jealous of his new marriage while insisting he’s a good father.
More trouble: Tyrese is embroiled in another social media battle, this time with his ex-wife Norma Gibson, who has accused him of beating their child (pictured February 2008)
He shared a collection of family photos and a long caption which read: ‘I’m sorry I got re-married, I’m sorry we didn’t work out I’m sorry you haven’t been able to find another man since we separated,’
The Transformers star continued : ‘Sometimes you get married and have kids and things just don’t work out, but I have NEVER wished harm on you…….
‘I was hoping by now you got over what we used to be… But I see the attacks just won’t stop so I believe this too will pass and God and the courts will reveal the truth…..
‘I want you to know I still love you and wish you the best in all that you’re looking to do… I just simply wanna co-parent and raise Shayla to be a respectful, decent, smart angel that I know she is…’
On Wednesday he shared another pic of his daughter asleep on his chest, writing: One day we’re going to sit down over tea and laugh about how they tried to turn us on each-other and what they didn’t know is that it only solidified our lifetime #DaddyDaughterBond that will never ever ever be broken.’
The Hollywood Reporter in an article Thursday said the Fast And Furious spin-off will be released on July 26, 2019.
Bond: On Wednesday he shared another pic of his daughter asleep on his chest