After The Rock's social media rant, in which he called an anonymous male co-star "chicken s--t," went viral, rumors have swirled regarding whom The Rock was targeting. Many speculated that it could've been Diesel, and since then both have somewhat alluded to that, with co-starTyrese Gibson seemingly taking Diesel's side in the whole ordeal. Since then, the cast has tried to move on, even posting a heartfelt tribute to everyone on the forthcoming movie's Facebook page. The post called out all the major players, commending them for a job well done.
But in a Facebook Live video over the weekend, Diesel continued to praise his co-stars and fans, and even talked about Johnson specifically. "The reason we brought Dwayne Johnson into Fast 5 was because of you!" Diesel said in the video. "There was a girl named Jan Kelly who said, 'I would love to see you work together on screen.' So the role that was originally written forTommy Lee Jones, we gave it to Dwayne and he shined in it."
The xXx star also gushed about newcomer Helen Mirren. "One of the best scenes I had in Fast 8 was working with Helen Mirren. It was so surreal," he said. "She's such a wonderful, wonderful talent. It was such a blessing."
Despite Diesel's outpouring of support for The Rock and his other cast mates, Johnson has remained quiet on all-things Diesel. On Friday The Rock posted another Instagram message after wrapping filming the action-packed movie, and in it he thanked Scott Eastwood, Nathalie Emmanuel, and Tyrese, as well as showering the crew with his thanks. There was no mention of Diesel in his lengthy message.
With the ongoing silence from The Rock's end, we have to wonder if the hatchet is really buried. Based on the emotional Facebook post from the Fast 8 account, we guess they really want the drama to end, as it mentioned both Diesel and Johnson specifically.
"Thank you Vin, who has been at the wheel since this journey began, first as star and then as producer...And thanks to all of the cast of the eighth Fast: Michelle, who's also been with us from the start," the post read. "Those who've joined our family along the way: Tyrese and Chris from Miami in our second film; Dwayne and Elsa, who came on board in Rio in movie five; Jason, Nathalie and Kurt from last time around; and our newest members Charlize, Scott, Kristofer and Helen..."
It ended, "And our brother who continues to inspire us all, Paul [Walker]."