Dwayne Johnson attends the Premiere Of Universal Pictures' "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw" at Dolby Theatre on July 13, 2019 in Hollywood, California.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has squashed any speculation that he will be returning to any future Fast & Furious movies after not appearing in the latest F9.
This is all due to his years-long rivalry with Fast & Furious co-star Vin Diesel. 54-year-old Diesel claims that the tension between the two buff bald hunks started when he showed “tough love” to Johnson on the set of the Fast movies in order to get a better performance out of him. “That took a lot of work,” Diesel told Men’s Health last month. “We had to get there, and sometimes, at that time, I could give a lot of tough love.”
In response, The Rock told The Hollywood Reporter today (July 21) that he “laughed hard” at Diesel’s reasoning for their feud. “I think everyone had a laugh at that. And I’ll leave it at that. And that I’ve wished them well. I wish them well on Fast 9. And I wish them the best of luck on Fast 10 and Fast 11 and the rest of the Fast & Furious movies they do that will be without me.”
Jungle Cruise co-star Emily Blunt, who was there for the interview, couldn’t resist chiming in, saying, “Just thank God he was there,” she said of Diesel. “Thank God. He carried you through that.”
49-year-old Johnson was in the previous three Fast movies and the spinoff film Hobbs & Shaw alongside Jason Statham. Fast X and Fast 11 are currently scheduled as the final two parts of the series.
Jungle Cruise premieres in theaters and on Disney+ with Premier Access on July 30.
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson: What Are His 10 Best Movies
Dwayne “The Rock” started off his professional career as a wrestler for WWF in 1996, but he has since become one of the world’s highest-grossing and highest-paid actors. After his retirement from wrestling, Johnson made a few appearances in television and movies. He even starred in Wyclef Jean’s “It Doesn’t Matter” music video in 2000. In his first television acting debut, he played his own father in an episode of That ’70s Show in 1999 called “That Wrestling Show.” Johnson’s motion picture debut was as The Scorpion King in The Mummy Returns, with the movie’s success leading to his first leading role in the spin-off The Scorpion King (2002).
Johnson really hit it big at the box office when he played Luke Hobbs in Fast Five in 2011, reprising the role four more times in the later Fast & Furious 6 (2013), Furious 7 (2015), The Fate of the Furious (2017) and Hobbs & Shaw (2019). “The Rock” starred in a number of franchises besides the Fast and the Furious, like the Jumanji reboot, Jungle Cruise and San Andreas (sequels have been greenlit for the latter two).
Most recently, Johnson has entered the DC Extended Universe, starring as anti-hero Black Adam. In theaters on October 21, Hawkman (Aldis Hodge), Doctor Fate (Pierce Brosnan), Cyclone (Quintessa Swindell) and Atom Smasher (Noah Centineo) also make their DCEU film debuts. Black Adam is a spin-off from Shazam! (2019) the 11th film in the DCEU. Johnson was attached to Shazam! early in development and confirmed to portray Black Adam back in 2014, but the producers later decided to give the character his own film. With an initially planned release date of December 2021, the timeline was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
With Johnson being one of the most popular actors of today, we compiled a list our ten favorite Rock films. Time will tell if we’ll have to update this to include Black Adam. Check them out below: