We Finally Understand What Happened With The Rock And Tyrese
But by the time the eighth installment, The Fate of the Furious, rolled around, Johnson took the private behind-the-scenes drama public, sparking a feud with co-star Tyrese Gibson that would last for years.
The online feud began in 2016 with a since-deleted Facebook post where The Rock blasted his male co-stars, per ABC News. After praising the "incredible" crew as well as the franchise, the former wrestler didn't hold back, saying,
"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. Candy assed."
Flash forward to 2017 when Tyrese Gibson took to Instagram to ask Johnson not to do the Fast & Furious spinoff, Hobbs & Shaw, writing,
"You…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…Fast Family is just that, a family…We don't fly solo."
According to Entertainment Weekly, later in 2017 Universal Pictures announced Fast & Furious 9 would be delayed due to the planned spin-offs. Gibson obviously didn't take the news well and blamed Johnson for the delay. He wrote on Instagram,
"Congratulations to The Rock…for making the Fast and the Furious franchise about YOU. Will this be another Baywatch? Guys, guys just relax I'm just a passionate film critic."
A day later, Universal announced the release date for Hobbs & Shaw. Gibson responded to the news by taking his beef to Instagram once again, posting a throwback pic of the cast without Johnson, writing,
"Diversity, love...Fast Family. Until [Dwayne] showed up. I guess this whole time he had a problem 'cause he wasn't the ONLY ONE on the movie poster."
Gibson went on to add that Paul Walker and Vin Diesel were both offered franchise spin-offs, but turned them down at the time. Johnson posted the teaser trailer for Hobbs & Shaw on Instagram later that week claiming that Universal approached him about the spin-off years prior. He explained his reason for agreeing to the film was to quote "create greater opportunities" for his fellow Fast & Furious franchise cast mates, but his parting shot came with the hashtag: CandyAssedNeedNotApply.
Gibson then ratcheted up the feud by posting a video of Johnson criticizing Gibson's 2015 R&B album, Black Rose. In the now-deleted video, via E! News, Johnson said,
Gibson captioned his post,
"Haters come in many forms. In my Kanye voice Black Rose is one of the greatest R&B Soul Albums of all time."
"This is my first number one album...I'm on a mission to save my genre. R&B, like real R&B fans."
The feud died down for almost a year until Gibson hopped on Instagram again in November 2017, and threatened to walk away from the Fast franchise if The Rock continued to be a part of it. Misspelling his own character's name, Gibson wrote:
"I'm sorry to announce that if [Dwayne] is in Fast 9 there will no more Roman Peirce [sic], You mess with family and my daughter's survival I mess with yours…Close your eyes dude you're a 'Clown.'"
On August 2, 2019, Hobbs & Shaw hit theaters and roared to number 1 at the box office in its first two weeks. Johnson took to Twitter to thank his fans, and take another shot at Gibson while he was at it. He wrote:
"Thank you everyone for makin' this an exciting first week of box office for our lil' spin-off Hobbs and Shaw. Number 1 movie and $333M worldwide, ain't too shabby. And remember, the best way to shut the mouth of a [clown] is to flex with success and a smile."
In its first month, the film earned over $600 million worldwide.
However, in yet another since-deleted Instagram post, via People magazine, Gibson called the global opening:
"NOT a win…Breaking up the family clearly doesn't have the value that one would assume it does…Again my respects cause he tried his best."
On September 6th, 2019, Deadline reported that Hobbs & Shaw surpassed $700 million at the box office, making it the highest-grossing non-Disney, non-superhero movie of 2019. You can probably smell what The Rock was cooking when he read the article. Yes, another shot at Tyrese: an Instagram post where the action star posted a screenshot of the Deadline story.
We're not sure if The Rock and Gibson will appear together in Fast & Furious 9 or not. But if they do, we're buying all the popcorn.
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