Dwayne Johnson has insisted that he will never make a return to the Fast & Furious franchise after his former co-star Vin Diesel recently asked him to make a comeback.
The 49-year-old actor called out Diesel’s ‘manipulating’ ways in a recent CNN interview when he revealed that he was quite shocked when the star took to social media to plead with him to return to his Fast & Furious family.
Tensions have been high between the acting duo since 2016 when The Rock publicly praised his female co-stars in a gushing Instagram post, but criticised some of the lead male actors in the same breath.
While he never named names, it was later revealed that Dwayne’s harsh words were indeed directed towards his co-star Vin – and since then, their relationship has been rather non-existent as their feud rages on.
And in the latest update, The Rock has vowed to never reprise his role as Luke Hobbs.
“This past June, when Vin and I actually connected not over social media, I told him directly – and privately – that I would not be returning to the franchise,” he explained.
“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.”
The Hollywood star went on to label Vin’s public post as a form of ‘manipulation’.
Dwayne blasted the actor for mentioning his children in the lengthy post, as well as Paul Walker’s tragic death.
“I didn’t like that Diesel brought up his children in the post, as well as Paul Walker’s death. Leave them out of it. We had spoken months ago about this and came to a clear understanding,” he shared.
“My goal all along was to end my amazing journey with this incredible Fast & Furious franchise with gratitude and grace.
“It’s unfortunate that this public dialogue has muddied the waters.”
It comes after Diesel – who plays Dominic Toretto in the franchise – publicly asked The Rock to return for the final two films.