The issues between Vin Diesel, who is the main star and producer of the Fast & Furious franchise, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson were brought back into the public when Diesel took to Instagram in November to publicly call for The Rock to return for the final film, Fast & Furious 10.
The Rock was featured in Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6, Furious 7, and The Fate of The Furious. In 2016 while filming The Fate of The Furious movie, The Rock had an issue with Diesel’s work ethic and showing up late to set.
They later met privately several times and patched things up. However, when The Rock commented on Diesel’s latest plea for him to return during an interview with CNN, the former WWE Champion called Diesel’s plea “manipulative.”
Cena was a recent guest on Pardon My Take where he gave his thoughts on the situation.
“I don’t think that story is about taking sides,” he stated. “That story is about hearing everybody’s perspective and it is a story where, me as a fan of the franchise, I’d love the franchise to get together for this last run. I hope they call me to be in it but when someone says professional, they want to go in another direction, if you say anything other than, ‘okay,’ it’s their professional opinion to make the choice that they want. I think that’s very brave and very honest.”
He continued, “So I think Vin’s perspective has a lot of gravity and honesty and I think Dwayne’s perspective has a lot of gravity and honesty. I think this is, man if we could just stop taking sides and just take a second to hear everybody. These are two amazingly successful superstars, people who have crafted their own existence and are globally adored.
Cena stated that Vin is the father of the Fast franchise while the Rock came from wrestling and is now in his own universe so he thinks it comes down to understanding where each guy is coming from. Cena portrayed Diesel’s brother in Fast 9.
H/T to Wrestling Inc for the transcription