It’s been over 20 years since the inception of the Fast and Furious franchise. Although the franchise started off as a series about street racing in its first three sequels, it has since evolved into something quite different in its fourth sequel. The series has become synonymous with its lead action hero Vin Diesel, whose presence in the franchise has been constant throughout the years. In addition to Diesel, there have been several new cast additions over the years, such as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who joined the series in 2011, and Jason Statham, who became a part of the franchise in 2017.
The Fast and Furious series has seen tremendous success with its latest additions. However, it seems that there has been some turmoil behind the scenes. Reports suggest that Dwayne Johnson departed from the franchise in 2021 due to an apparent clash of egos between him and Vin Diesel. Johnson referred to Diesel as a “candy a**” in a post on Instagram.
It all started in 2016 when Dwayne Johnson posted on Instagram calling out his co-star Vin Diesel. While praising his female co-stars on the set of Baywatch, Johnson criticized the male cast members, calling them “candy a**es” and claiming they were too afraid to confront issues. Fast forward to 2021, after Johnson announced he would be leaving the franchise, Diesel took to his own Instagram account in an attempt to woo him back. Diesel even mentioned that his kids refer to Johnson as “Uncle Dwayne” and brought up the late Paul Walker, stating that he promised to make the best Fast and Furious film possible as a tribute to Walker. Diesel also mentioned that he plans for the franchise to conclude with its tenth installment.
Dwayne Johnson expressed his dissatisfaction with a post made by Vin Diesel. In the post, Diesel mentioned his children and the death of Paul Walker, which Johnson found inappropriate. He felt that the post was an attempt to emotionally manipulate him, even though they had already discussed the matter in private. The male stars of the series had a system called the “Equal Pain” and “Point” added to their contracts.
Vin Diesel apparently had some issues with Jason Statham when the latter joined the Fast and Furious franchise in 2017. The problem stemmed from a fight sequence in Fast and Furious 7, where Diesel felt that Statham landed more hits on him. As a result, he suggested a point system be implemented to ensure that he always came out on top in the fights. This proposal didn’t align with Dwayne Johnson’s interest in the movie, so an “equal pain” clause was created to ensure that every man received an equal amount of pain and that none of the three men would lose a fight. Statham did not have any problems with his co-stars, but the “equal pain” clause was still added to his contract.
The Fast and Furious franchise is set to release its 10th installment titled “Fast X” later this year in May. However, there have been some changes in the cast lineup. Dwayne Johnson, who has been a significant part of the series, will not be returning to the film. The character he played is expected to be written out of the script, leaving fans to wonder what will happen without him. On the other hand, Jason Momoa will join the cast as the main villain in the movie. It would be interesting to see how Diesel and Statham handle the new challenges that come their way.