Dwayne Johnson meant what he said about Vin Diesel

In 2016, he posted a photo on his verified Instagram account – which he has since removed – in which he talked about filming “The Fate of the Furious”.

“Some (male co-stars) act like real stand-up guys and pros, while others don’t,” Johnson wrote at the time, leading to speculation he was talking about Diesel.

“It caused a firestorm. But interestingly enough…[it was] As if every single crew member found their way to me and quietly thanked me or texted me,” Johnson told Vanity Fair. But, yeah, this wasn’t my best day, sharing that. I shouldn’t share that. Because at the end of the day, that goes against my DNA.”

Diesel spoke to Men’s Health About beef earlier this year. He said that as a producer for the “Fast & Furious” franchise, he felt he had to take a tough line with Johnson, who played Luke Hobbs.

“Representing Hobbes has been a tough one,” Diesel told Men’s Health. “My approach at the time was a lot of heartfelt love to help get this performance where it needs to be. As a producer to say, ‘Okay, we’re going to take Dwayne Johnson, who’s associated with wrestling, and we’re going to force this cinematic world, audience members, to consider his character as Someone they don’t know – “Hobbs hits you like a lot of bricks.”

Johnson retracted it in his Vanity Fair interview, saying, “I’ve been in the area a few times. Unlike him, I don’t belong in the theater world.”

“And, you know, I was raised differently and raised differently. And I came from a completely different culture and environment,” he said. “And I go into every project giving it my all. And if I feel like there’s a few things that need to be squared and handled and taken care of, I do it. And it’s that simple.”

“So when I read that, I laughed like everyone else,” Johnson said. “I laughed so hard. We all laughed. And somewhere I’m sure Fellini is laughing too.”

CNN has reached out to Diesel representatives for comment.

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