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Celebrity Slam (08/10/2016)

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Rock talk

There are certain celebrities out there who just seem like good dudes and dudettes. They are the ones that rarely say and do the kinds of things that get explored in this space.

However, even the nicest of the nice can be pushed too far.

So it is with Dwayne Johnson (oh, who are we kidding, we are going to now and forever call him the Rock).

The Rock has shown that his social media game is strong, sharing pictures of giant meals and adorable puppies with his legions of followers. He seems like a decent guy who is extremely grateful for and humbled by his massive success.

He also seems like a man you don't want to cross.

The Rock posted something on Instagram recently that indicates that all is not well in 'Fast and Furious' land. The team is currently close to wrapping up work on 'Fast 8,' but the Rock has some issues with the way some of his male co-stars have handled their business.

He leads off with the kind of positivity we've come to expect from the Rock, talking about how fired up he is about the movie and complimenting the crew and even Universal. But then, he starts getting real.

'My female co-stars are always amazing and I love em,' he said in the post. '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 st to do anything about it anyway. Candy asses.'

Needless to say, that's some quality burn from a dude who made his name dishing out quality burns of both the verbal and physical varieties. He goes on to talk about how when audiences see the film next April, there may be some scenes in which he doesn't appear to be acting, saying that there are moments where his 'blood is legit boiling.'

He closes with some more relentless positivity, talking about how it all works for the character and that it makes the producer side of him very happy. Then, of course, he buttons the whole thing with the delightful hashtag #ZeroToleranceForCandyAsses.

Needless to say, this is awesome. The Rock has been a for-real movie star for long enough at this point that we can occasionally forget his time at the top of the WWE heap. The moments where he busts out the pro wrestling attitude are much fewer and farther between these days. So when we get one and make no mistake, this is a deliberately WWE-style callout it's something that we should wholeheartedly embrace.

As you might guess, this is not a piece to scorn or mock The Rock.

(Seriously, Mr. The Rock no one has anything bad to say about you here so please don't be angry and yell at us like you yelled at your unnamed co-stars.)

No, this is about whatever idiots would do the sorts of idiot things required to get an amiable pro like The Rock to publicly call them out. Seriously why would you ever risk making The Rock angry? Particularly by being a jerk when he's just trying to do work? You'd have to be an insane person.

Of course, The Rock is too much of a class act to name names; they know who they are and that's all he really cares about. But WE aren't class acts at all, so we want names. In terms of educated guesses, well guys like Vin Diesel and Tyrese and Ludacris have a longstanding (and one would assume respectful) connection to the franchise, while Jason Statham and Kurt Russell are old pros. So with no evidence at all, I'm going to say that The Rock is specifically talking about Scott Eastwood.

Eastwood is a relative newcomer to the franchise and the son of a Hollywood icon who also happens to be kind of a jerk; what more proof do you need? One of those other guys might be in there as well, but Eastwood checks all the boxes. While we'd never presume to put words in the mouth of Mr. The Rock, it all seems pretty clear.

Long story short quit being a candy ass, Scott Eastwood.


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