Why did Dwayne Johnson leave the Fast and Furious franchise?

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Since his starring role in Fast Five, DWAYNE Johnson has been a fixture in the Fast and Furious film franchise.

Taking on the role in 2011, Johnson’s involvement with the Vin Diesel-led franchise came with some bumps in the road for him and his costars.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson announced he will no longer act in Fast and Furious films, him and cast mate Vin Diesel have exchanged words on social media platforms such as Twitter and Instagram

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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson announced he would no longer act in Fast and Furious films; he and castmate Vin Diesel have exchanged words on social media platforms such as Twitter and Instagram.

Why did Dwayne Johnson leave the Fast and Furious franchise?

On July 23, 2021, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson released a statement on his official Twitter account that revealed he was departing the Fast and Furious franchise.

Johnson tweeted, “I wish them well on Fast 9. And I wish them the best of luck on Fast ten and Fast 11 and the rest of the Fast and Furious movies they do that will be without me.”

Johnson’s character, Luke Hobbs, did not appear in F9: The Fast Saga and will not star in any further franchise sequels.

The wrestler-turned actor’s departure after a reported years-long feud with Vin Diesel’s costar.

In August of 2016, the former WWE athlete stirred controversy when he took to Instagram to call out his male costars before filming The Fate of the Furious.

He captioned the deleted post: “There’s no other franchise that gets my blood boiling more than this one.”

Johnson continued: “My female costars are always amazing, and I love them. My male costars, however, are a different story.”

“Some conduct themselves as stand-up men and true professionals, while others don’t,” he went on to say.

“The ones that don’t are too chicken s*** to do anything about it anyway. Candy asses.”

“When you watch this movie next April, and it seems like I’m not acting in some of these scenes and my blood is legit boiling – you’re right,” The Rock concluded on Instagram.

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What did Vin Diesel say about Dwayne Johnson’s exit?

In the wake of the reported feud between Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel, Diesel publicly extended an olive branch to his franchise castmate.

On November 7, 2021, Diesel posted a photo of him and Johnson to his Instagram page.

Diesel captioned the post, “My little brother Dwayne … the time has come.”

He continued: The world awaits the finale of Fast 10. As you know, my children refer to you as Uncle Dwayne in my house. There is not a holiday that goes by that they and you don’t send well wishes… but the time has come.”

The actor went on to say: “Legacy awaits; I swore that we would reach and manifest the best Fast in the finale that is 10!”

“I say this out of love … but you must show up, do not leave the franchise idle; you have a vital role to play.”

“Hobbs can’t be played by no other; I hope that you rise to the occasion and fulfill your destiny,” Diesel concluded.

Are Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel friends?

Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel’s feud follows years of starring on The Fast and Furious franchise.

Johnson’s reception was lukewarm in response to Diesel’s November 2021 Instagram posts.

On Wednesday, December 29, Johnson told CNN: “I was shocked by Vin’s recent post.”

He continued: “This past June, when Vin and I connected not over social media, I told him directly — and privately — that I would not be returning to the franchise.”

“I was firm yet cordial with my words and said that I would always be supportive of the cast and always root for the franchise to be successful, but that there was no chance I would return.”

“I didn’t like that he brought up his children in the post, as well as Paul Walker’s death. Leave them out of it.” Johnson went on to say.

The former Fast and Furious actor mentioned: “Vin’s recent public post was an example of his manipulation.”

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