Dwayne Johnson Says He Told Vin Diesel There's 'No Chance' He Will Rejoin 'Fast & Furious'

Dwayne Johnson took issue with Vin Diesel asking him to rejoin 'Fast & Furious' on social media and called the post "an example of his manipulation."

Dwayne Johnson (The Rock) and Vin Diesel (R) pose for photographers.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - APRIL 15: Dwayne Johnson (The Rock) and Vin Diesel (R) pose for photographers during the premiere of the movie "Fast and Furious 5" at Cinepolis Lagoon on April 15, 2011 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/LatinContent via Getty Images)

Dwayne Johnson (The Rock) and Vin Diesel (R) pose for photographers.

Dwayne Johnson took issue with Vin Diesel asking him to rejoin Fast & Furious on social media.

In an interview with CNN, Johnson said that he felt that Diesel’s post was manipulative and mentioned that he didn’t like that the actor brought up his children and the late Paul Walker. Johnson also said that he and Diesel spoke in private and he expressed that he was not returning. 

In early November, Vin Diesel took to Instagram to publicly ask Johnson to hop back on aboard for F10.

“My little brother Dwayne… the time has come,” Diesel wrote in the post, which you can view below. “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.”

Although he decided he does not want to return to Fast & Furious, Johnson said he’s rooting for the team.

“I was very surprised by Vin’s recent post. 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. 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,” Johnson said in his interview with CNN. “Vin’s recent public post was an example of his manipulation. 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. We had spoken months ago about this and came to a clear understanding.”

Johnson continued, “My goal all along was to end my amazing journey with this incredible franchise with gratitude and grace. It’s unfortunate that this public dialogue has muddied the waters. Regardless, I’m confident in the ‘Fast’ universe and its ability to consistently deliver for the audience… I truly wish my former co-stars and crew members the best of luck and success in the next chapter.”

Fast & Furious 10 is being directed by Justin Lin and is set to hit theaters on May 19, 2023.

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