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'The time has come': Vin Diesel asks Dwayne Johnson to return, end raging franchise feud
10/11/2021
10/11/2021

Vin Diesel is reaching out to Dwayne Johnson to suck the anger out of the long-running "Fast and Furious" feud and bring The Rock back for "Furious 10."
In an open Instagram letter directed to Johnson, Diesel cajoled the star to rejoin the franchise for the finale due out in 2023.


The superstar battle boiled over making 2017's "The Fate of the Furious," and has deprived fans of Johnson's Luke Hobbs in the main franchise ever since.

"My little brother Dwayne... the time has come," the 6-foot Diesel wrote to the 6-foot-5 Johnson. "The world awaits the finale of Fast 10."
Diesel repeated the folksy sentiments he told USA TODAY in 2017 — that he considered Johnson a part of his family despite well-documented tension. "As you know, my children refer to you as Uncle Dwayne in my house. There is not a holiday that goes by that they and you don't send well wishes," Diesel wrote Sunday, adding, "Legacy awaits."

Johnson joined the "Fast & Furious" franchise as Agent Hobbs in 2011's "Fast Five," which was released 10 years after the first installment spawned the franchise led by Diesel as Dom Toretto.
On Sunday, Diesel wrote on Instagram that he planned to fulfill his promise to the late Paul Walker (whom he calls "Pablo") to land the perfect franchise ending. 
"I swore that we would reach and manifest the best Fast in the finale that is 10! I say this out of love... but you must show up," Diesel wrote. "Do not leave the franchise idle you have a very important role to play. Hobbs can't be played by no other. I hope that you rise to the occasion and fulfill your destiny."


Diesel and Johnson's feud erupted in the final weeks of filming 2017's "The Fate of the Furious" when The Rock took to Facebook to slam unnamed male co-stars in a now-deleted post. "Some conduct themselves as stand up men and true professionals, while others don’t," Johnson wrote. "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."

At the time, Diesel responded on Instagram telling fans: "I will tell you everything, everything."
But as the action movie hit screens, Diesel tried to calm the situation.
"I don’t think the world really realizes how close we are, in a weird way," Diesel told USA TODAY of his relationship to Johnson. "I think some things may be blown out of proportion."

Nonetheless, Johnson moved on to the spin-off franchise "Hobbs & Shaw" with Jason Statham.
In June, the feud resurfaced when producer Diesel said in an interview with Men's Health that "tough love" was at the root of his dispute with Johnson, suggesting the tension was enhanced to help their screen performances.
"We had to get there and sometimes, at that time, I could give a lot of tough love," Diesel explained, "Not Felliniesque, but I would do anything I’d have to do in order to get performances in anything I’m producing."
While promoting "Jungle Cruise," Johnson told USA Today that Diesel's response was "very Fellini-esque."

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