Vin Diesel makes an impassioned plea for Dwayne Johnson to return to the Fast & Furious film series: ‘Do not leave the franchise idle’
Vin Diesel used his 76.1 million followers Instagram account to send an impassioned plea for Dwayne Johnson to return to the Fast and Furious franchise.
The 54-year-old American actor and filmmaker and one of the world’s highest-grossing actors, Vin Diesel sent the message to his co-American actor and former professional wrestler, Dwayne Johnson 49, aka The Rock, through a post that was shared to his Instagram account on Sunday, which included a photo of the two acting in one of the series’ films.
The actor wrote a lengthy message that was directed at the former professional wrestler, where he expressed his desires for the performer to return to the franchise.
Diesel began the statement by referring to Johnson as a family member and mentioning how the Fast & Furious series was coming to a close.
“My little brother Dwayne… the time has come. 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.
Legacy awaits. I told you years ago that I was going to fulfill my promise to Pablo.
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 very important role to play. Hobbs can’t be played by no other. I hope that you rise to the occasion and fulfill your destiny.”
Diesel also noted that he had previously spoken with his late costar, Paul Walker, regarding the end of the franchise and that he intended to make good on his statement.
He wrote: ‘I told you years ago that I was going to fulfill my promise to Pablo. I swore that we would reach and manifest the best Fast in the finale that is 10!’
The performer concluded the message by imploring Johnson to reprise his role as Luke Hobbs in the forthcoming final entries in the film series.
‘I say this out of love… but you must show up, do not leave the franchise idle you have a very important role to play. Hobbs can’t be played by no other. I hope that you rise to the occasion and fulfill your destiny,’ he remarked.
The performers have notably been involved in a feud that dates back to the production of 2016’s The Fate of the Furious.
Following the feature’s premiere, Johnson spoke to Rolling Stone and gave the media outlet a bit of information regarding the start of his rocky relationship with Diesel.
‘Vin and I had a few discussions, including an important face-to-face in my trailer. And what I came to realize is that we have a fundamental difference in philosophies on how we approach moviemaking and collaborating.’
The Moana voice actor then noted that he and the actor had reached an understanding regarding their working relationship, although he remained unsure of their future.
‘It took me some time, but I’m grateful for that clarity. Whether we work together again or not.’ .
Diesel spoke to Men’s Health earlier this year and told the publication that his feud with Johnson was partially due to his way of dealing with coworkers.
‘My approach at the time was a lot of tough love to assist in getting that performance where it needed to be,’
‘I would do anything I’d have to do in order to get performances in anything I’m producing.’
The upcoming tenth and eleventh entries in the Fast & Furious franchise, which will be released as two parts of the same feature, do not have set debut dates as of yet.
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