Diesel-Rock drama is ‘busi­ness as usual’

Metro Canada (Calgary) - - MOVIES - The as­so­ci­ated press

The Fast and the Fu­ri­ous fran­chise has seen its share of drama out­side of the films, but ru­moured in­fight­ing be­tween the se­ries’ big­gest stars, Vin Diesel and Dwayne “The Rock” John­son, is un­charted ter­ri­tory for the long-run­ning se­ries.

The riff was put into the spotlight last year when John­son, while shoot­ing The Fate of the Fu­ri­ous, took to Instagram to both ex­press ap­pre­ci­a­tion for his fe­male co-stars and em­bar­rass some of his male coun­ter­parts for un­pro­fes­sional be­hav­iour, call­ing them “candy asses.” It’s al­leged he was re­fer­ring to Diesel.

But at the film’s world pre­miere in New York, many at­trib­uted the sit­u­a­tion be­tween the two stars as noth­ing more than “busi­ness as usual” on a film set.

John­son and Diesel were not seen to­gether dur­ing pro­mo­tional ap­pear­ances, nor did they pose to­gether on the red car­pet. John­son walked the car­pet at the be­gin­ning of the pre­miere, while Diesel ar­rived later.

Michelle Ro­driguez, who plays Letty in the se­ries, equated it to a fam­ily squab­ble.

“If you know a fam­ily that never fights, then I think ... you just met a Step­ford fam­ily, and that fam­ily is (ex­ple­tive),” Ro­driguez said. “It’s not real.”

Kurt Rus­sell, who is back as Mr. No­body, didn’t no­tice any bad blood on the set. But he also said con­flict is not an un­usual thing on movie sets in gen­eral. “I’ll tell you what I can tell you: All movies are the same. Some­times they are not an easy ride,” he said.

Rus­sell feels the public paid at­ten­tion to the ru­mours sim­ply be­cause of the pop­u­lar­ity of the eight-movie fran­chise.

Off-screen in­trigue isn’t ex­pected to ham­per box of­fice re­sults, how­ever. The lat­est in­stall­ment in the $3.9-bil­lion fran­chise is ex­pected to earn over $110 mil­lion when it speeds into the­atres on April 14.

if you know a fam­ily that never fights then you just met a step­ford fam­ily Michelle Ro­driguez

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Michelle Ro­driguez equated the drama be­tween The Rock and vin Diesel to a fam­ily squab­ble.

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