Dwayne Johnson confirmed to CNN that he wouldn’t be returning for the last “Fast & Furious” movies after his costar Vin Diesel made a public plea for the actor to reprise his role.
Johnson starred in five movies in the franchise, including one spinoff, as agent Luke Hobbs. But Johnson did not appear in the latest “Fast & Furious” movie, and earlier this year he suggested in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that he wouldn’t return for the remaining movies.
In November, Diesel made an Instagram post asking Johnson to return to the “Fast & Furious” franchise. “I say this out of love… but you must show up, do not leave the franchise idle you have a very important role to play. Hobbs can’t be played by no other. I hope that you rise to the occasion and fulfill your destiny,” Diesel wrote.
In an interview with CNN, Johnson responded to Diesel’s plea.
“I was very surprised by Vin’s recent post,” Johnson said. “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 continued: “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.”