Words by Jillian Bowe
The Fast and the Furious movie franchise is gearing up for its first spinoff of the hit film series but that hasn’t stopped the behind the scenes drama from playing out in front of the camera.
Actor/singer Tyrese has voiced his displeasure online in the past few weeks over Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s upcoming movie centered around his (Johnson’s) character Luke Hobbs and has accused him of causing the next installment of the action flick to be pushed back to accommodate the former wrestler’s project.
Tyrese who has been part of the past five sequels as Roman Pierce has blamed Johnson for the soon-to-be-titled “F9” film’s release date moved from April 19, 2019, to a year later on April 10, 2020. Tyrese hopped on Instagram to call out Johnson, where he posted:
#PSA Congratulations to @TheRock and your brother in law aka 7 bucks producing partner @hhgarcia41 for making the fast and the furious franchise about YOU – And like you, DJ even if they call I will not be deleting this post – Gn folks see you in 2020 April #FastFamily right? Nah….. it's about #TeamDewayne #3yrs will it be worth the wait? #NoShaw just Hobbs will this be another #BayWatch? Guys guys just relax I'm just a passionate film critic
You would think a few days after the outburst on IG Tyrese would’ve cooled down and spoke to Johnson to hash things out. Instead, Tyrese has continued to go after him but this time on Twitter.
After a fan congratulated Johnson on his Hobbs film, Tyrese once again went on the attack.
Like that you’re puttin’ your goals out there in the universe. Now the fun part – puttin’ in the work. Good luck dude https://t.co/YByDTP75RU
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) October 6, 2017
Taking the high road, Johnson without addressed Tyrese explained his main purpose when he signed on to the billion-dollar movie franchise. Unmoved by Johnson’s words, Tyrese claims Johnson’s motivation was to “Break up the fast family.” Click Here…
Later, Vin Diesel, the lead in the films decided to weigh in on all the drama via Instagram and stated:
Brotherhood… and all it's complexities. This scene was filmed in Puerto Rico, I can remember it like it was yesterday. Such a beautiful island, the people were so warm and welcoming. I turned 43 that summer… and my son Vincent was born. A woman named Jan Kelly responded to a question I had asked on Facebook, 'who they would like to see me work with?' She said would love to see me work with Dwayne… I listened to her request and he became Hobbs. I know there has been a lot of speculation as to why the Fast 9 release date was pushed… but it would be unfair to say it is anyone's fault. As we plot the course to expand the Fast & Furious universe, one must be mindful to take stock of the roads we took to get here. The pillars of authenticity, family and most importantly, our loyal fan’s perspective has been instrumental in procuring success. However, like any vehicle that has run around the globe 8 times, the franchise is in need of maintenance. My good friend and the godfather of Universal, Ron Meyer has granted me the time to do just that. We have some very exciting news to share soon… stay tuned. Yours truly, Dom #FamilyAlways
Doesn’t anyone know how to pick up a phone and call to hash things out? So far, Tyrese or Johnson has yet to respond.