Two brawny, bald, box office titans pitted against each other in a movie mega-franchise. What could possibly go wrong? A lot.
It seems like forever now Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, 49, and Vin Diesel, 54, have been publicly feuding. They’ve talked trash in interviews, on social media and face-to-face as their “candy ass” dispute gained momentum.
The latest twist now years later, however, is Diesel publicly reaching out to Johnson, via social media, to get him to appear in Fast & Furious’s 10th film. Though we’ll see if it happens — as Johnson didn’t mind Diesel being the butt of a joke in his new film, Red Notice.
So how did they get from franchise co-stars to being in one of the longest-running celebrity grudge matches? Here’s how it played out, from start until… no finish in sight.
2010: It’s reported that Johnson will join Diesel’s Fast and Furious franchise for the fifth film. It’s described as a “match-up between action icons,” so it could really only go downhill from there.
2011: The superstars share the screen in the heist action film, Fast Five, and it becomes the highest-grossing film in the franchise. Critics praised Johnson, who plays newbie Hobbs, for reigniting an aging franchise and called having Diesel, movie fave Dom Toretto, and Johnson on screen together a “cosmic event.”