In 2016, he posted a photo on his verified Instagram account – which he has since deleted – in which he discussed the filming of “The Fate of the Furious.
“Some (male co-stars) behave like standing men and real professionals, while others don’t,” Johnson wrote at the time, suggesting he was talking about Diesel.
“It caused a firestorm. Still, quite an interesting thing …[it was] like every member of the team has found their way to me and quietly thanked me or sent me a note, ”Johnson told Vanity Fair. “But, yeah, it wasn’t my best day, sharing that. I shouldn’t have shared this. Because at the end of the day, it goes against my DNA. “
“He was a difficult character to play, the character of Hobbs,” Diesel told Men’s Health. “My approach back then was a lot of hard love to help get that performance where it needed to be. As a producer, say, ‘Okay, we’re going to take Dwayne Johnson, who’s associated with wrestling, and we are “going to force this cinematic world, the viewers, to see his character as someone they don’t know ‘- Hobbs hits you like a ton of bricks.”
Johnson pushed this back in his interview with Vanity Fair, saying, “I’ve been around the block a lot. Unlike him, I’m not from the theater world.”
“And, you know, I grew up differently and I was raised differently. And I come from a completely different culture and environment,” he said. “And I go into every project giving the maximum. And if I feel that there are things that need to be fixed, managed and maintained, then I do it. And it is that simple.”
“So when I read that, like everyone else, I laughed,” Johnson said. “I laughed a lot. We all laughed. And somewhere, I’m sure Fellini is laughing too.”
CNN has reached out to representatives for Diesel for comment.