Dwayne Johnson is adamant his conflict with some of his Fast and Furious 8 co-stars will be “a good thing” if it makes the team work better.
The former wrestler, who plays government agent Hobbs in the action franchise, hit headlines when he uncharacteristically blasted some of his male co-stars on Instagram for acting unprofessionally and being “candy a*ses”.
Dwayne defended his rant on Wednesday (10Aug16) in a further Instagram message, in which appeared to hint he has no regrets about calling out his colleagues because he believes it can bring change and make the actors work better as a team.
My FINAL WEEK of shooting #FastAndFurious. There’s no greatness ever achieved alone.. it’s always a team effort. We promised an epic prison break out for you guys and we delivered. HUGE THANK YOU to my ohana (family) stunt coordinator JJ Perry and his bad ass fearless stunt team – as well as my cousin and incredible stunt double @samoanstuntman. Thank you team for the willingness to “die hard” and drop your blood & sweat daily for our movie. #MyStuntBrothers #Loco4Life You guys reading this know how much I believe in the idea of TEAM EFFORT. 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. #Fast8 #IcemanCometh #FamilyGrowth
“You guys reading this know how much I believe in the idea of TEAM EFFORT,” he writes. “That means respecting every person, their time and their value…. And like with any team – that’s a family – there’s gonna be conflict.”
“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.”
The lengthy caption accompanied a video of Dwayne and stunt coordinator J.J. Perry standing in front of a group of stuntmen dressed in orange prison jumpsuits or black guard uniforms. In the clip, he praises the work of the stunt team and promises fans they have created an “epic” prison breakout scene.
In his original post, Dwayne revealed his “blood is legit boiling” due to the behaviour of some of his male co-stars. He didn’t mention any names but reports suggest his issue was with Vin Diesel, sources told TMZ.com. They apparently met for lunch on Tuesday (09Aug16) to end the feud.
This is my final week of shooting #FastAndFurious8. 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 shit to do anything about it anyway. Candy asses. 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. #IcemanCometh #F8 #ZeroToleranceForCandyAsses
However, Vin posted a video on Instagram on Wednesday night telling fans, “Give me a sec and I will tell you everything”, seemingly referencing the dispute.
They are joined in the franchise by Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Michelle Rodriguez and Jason Statham, and new additions Charlize Theron, Helen Mirren, and Scott Eastwood.