Dwayne Johnson has been in the crosshairs of Fast and Furious co-star Tyrese Gibson for a while now over the proposed spinoff for The Rock’s Lucas Hobbs character. Despite Black Ty’s best attempts to get Johnson’s attention for allegedly holding up a potential Fast and Furious sequel, Johnson took the classy high road and doesn’t even mention the struggle in a new interview.
From Entertainment Weekly:
“It’s been a challenging process because I feel like my intention from day one, when I first joined the cast, was to hopefully come in, have fun, and create a character that people will hopefully like and try to elevate the franchise,” Johnson says. “But in the process of elevating the franchise, I have always thought that in order for this to have real longevity and legs, we should spin out and create characters that can live on their own.”
Johnson joined the franchise with 2011’s Fast Five, and he says he and the studio first started weighing a potential spin-off around the release of Fast & Furious 6 in 2013. It wasn’t until the release of this year’s Fate of the Furious the production team decided to center it on Johnson and Statham, following their scene-stealing chemistry in the most recent film.
Later in the piece, Johnson’s alleged issues with other cast members, most notably Vin Diesel, were highlighted but Johnson concluded the chat by sidestepping whatever issues that may exist.
“I never ever get wrapped up in the sludge of the bulls— that can be connected at times to a franchise,” Johnson said.
The entire EW interview with Dwayne Johnson can be read here.