The Rock and Vin Diesel's "Fast 8" behind-the-scenes beef went public on Monday, Aug. 8, exploding on social media when the former WWE wrestler ranted about unprofessional male co-workers on Instagram. And, the drama has continued, with Vin Diesel seemingly firing back at his co-star on Thursday.
"After being on set since literally Christmas to finally, finally, finally to come home," Vin said in an Instagram video. "And to learn the little angel learned a new word. I'm going to have to share it with you, it's more important than anything. When I heard her say 'happy,' I just lit up in ways I can't even describe."
He then promised, "So give me a second and I will tell you everything. Everything."
It all started with The Rock's initial post blasting some unnamed male co-stars ...
"This is my final week of shooting #FastAndFurious8," The Rock, whose real name is Dwayne Johnson, wrote in a post. "There's no other franchise that gets my blood boiling more than this one. An incredible hard working crew. UNIVERSAL has been great partners as well. My female co-stars are always amazing and I love 'em. My male co-stars however are a different story. Some conduct themselves as stand up men and true professionals, while others don't."
"The ones that don't are too chicken s--- to do anything about it anyway," he added. "Candy a--es. When you watch this movie next April and it seems like I'm not acting in some of these scenes and my blood is legit boiling - you're right. Bottom line is it'll play great for the movie and fits this Hobbs character that's embedded in my DNA extremely well. The producer in me is happy about this part😉. Final week on FAST 8 and I'll finish strong."
The caption was most likely aimed toward Vin, whose behavior has supposedly been getting on The Rock's nerves for quite some time.
While the longtime co-stars were filming the latest installment of the "Fast & Furious" franchise, sources at TMZ allege that Vin was "often 30 minutes to an hour late to shoot scenes" just because he was taking his sweet time in his trailer.
He also reportedly wasn't into such an early 7 a.m. call time, so he forced the whole crew to up it to 10 a.m.
As a producer on the movie, Vin was apparently making a lot of calls that simply angered The Rock. Plus, insiders claim that he was super-arrogant in the process.
One source argues that the cast and crew got annoyed with The Rock for starting beef so close to the end of shooting, but overall he was "the ultimate professional" and "easy to work with."
Adds a source to Page Six, "Vin Diesel and the Dwayne Johnson have been butting heads throughout the production of 'Fast 8,'" a source told Page Six. "Vin has a reputation for being difficult — he shows up late, keeps people waiting, holds up production and is disrespectful to people on the set. Dwayne lost his patience with him."
According to TMZ, the boys had a meeting on set on Tuesday to try and hash things out.
There's no official word on the final outcome, but The Rock took to social media the same day to speak about his appreciation for a team effort and healthy conflict.
"You guys reading this know how much I believe in the idea of TEAM EFFORT," he wrote. "That means respecting every person, their time and their value when they step on to my set or partner with our production company. And like with any team - that's a family - there's gonna be conflict. Family is gonna have differences of opinion and fundamental core beliefs. To me, conflict can be a good thing, when its followed by great resolution. I was raised on healthy conflict and welcome it. And like any family, we get better from it. At the end of the day me and #F8 co-stars all agree on the most important thing: Delivering an incredible movie to the world."
Meanwhile, Vin didn't outright address his co-star in his Instagram post.
"So much has gone in this year," Vin said in his post. "I can't believe I wrapped two back to back pictures I both starred in and produced. Now I get to return to my family, my life... To me."
It may seem like they've both cooled off, but sources at TMZ say that's not the case and their drama is far from resolved.
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