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Celebrity Slam - The Rock disses Diesel ... again

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Man, this beef between Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel is the gift that keeps on giving.

We love love LOVE celebrity beef here at Celebrity Slam – and there’s no arguing that the recent feud between The Rock and Diesel was one of the better beefs we’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing.

For those unlucky enough to not remember, it basically sprang from an Instagram post by The Rock back in 2016 where he went at an (at the time) unnamed costar regarding their work on whatever installment of the “Fast & Furious” franchise was happening at the time. The term “candyasses” was infamously used, leading to a great deal of speculation as to whose ass was believed to be candy.

(In the interest of full disclosure, we went with Scott Eastwood – we assumed that it wasn’t anyone who had been involved with the franchise for any significant length of time. In retrospect, that was probanbly naïve, but hey – it was a more innocent time.)

Anyway, word got out that he was referring to Vin Diesel and it turned into a thing and then it kind of went away only not really because the franchise’s producers decided to steer The Rock and Jason Statham into a spin-off situation and leave Diesel to continue “F&F.”

But The Rock being The Rock, he went ahead and reignited those fires again – seemingly just for the hell of it. This time, he did it courtesy of an interview for a Rolling Stone cover story.

Johnson basically said that he and Diesel never actually filmed any scenes together due to their underlying issues – issues that he claims to now understand even if he still doesn’t agree, saying that the two “have a fundamental difference in philosophies on how we approach moviemaking and collaborating. It took me some time, but I’m grateful for that clarity. Whether we work together again or not.”

The question inherent to that cryptic last line was further raised by The Rock’s unwillingness to commit to being part of the next “Fast & Furious” installment; he said that his attention was primarily on the aforementioned spin-off property. He did add “But I wish him all the best and I harbor no ill will there, just because of the clarity we have.”

And then, in a final flexing display of pot-stirring, The Rock laughed and said:

“Actually, you can erase that part about ‘no ill will.’ We’ll just keep it with the clarity.”

It should come as no surprise that a gigantic human like The Rock casts so much shade, but still – that’s some cold-blooded stuff. Anyone who has followed the situation over the past couple of years knows that there’s no love lost between these two dudes, but the fact that the contempt continues to bubble forth is pretty impressive. You’d think bygones would be bygones at this point, but no – The Rock will stop at nothing less than total victory.

Not for nothing, but Vin Diesel should be nervous.

The “Fast & Furious” franchise has become a global megahit – the eight films in the series have grossed over five billion (with a B) dollars worldwide. That’s a lot of cash, to be sure. However, the first four movies account for just $965 million of that total. The box office floodgates really opened up with the fifth installment – “Fast Five” – which just happens to be the first one with The Rock.

Here’s the thing, Vin – we like you. You’ve got a certain something. It doesn’t always work, but when you’re in the right project, you can be a real asset to a film. But man – you are not The Rock. You will never be The Rock. That dude has more charisma in one goofily-lifted eyebrow than you’ve got in your meaty, muttering body. That’s just the way it is. And while you’re allowed to have disagreements, maybe it isn’t the best idea to start a fight with the dude who turned a reasonably profitable franchise into one of the highest-grossing in movie history. Just saying.

Anyone with half a brain has to understand that only a fool is going to get into an anything-measuring contest with The Rock, who has demonstrated on more than one occasion his ruthlessness when it comes to taking shots. Look, man – only one thing can beat the Rock.

And Vin Diesel – you ain’t paper.

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