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Fans of The Fast & the Furious film franchise were treated to some behind-the-scenes drama when (sometimes) singer/actor Tyrese Gibson went in on his co-star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in October. Gibson was infuriated that Johnson was working on a Fast & the Furious spin-off film based on Johnson’s character, Hobbs. But in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Johnson said he refused to be dragged into the “bullshit.”
“At the end of the day, the only thing I want to do is make a great movie for the fans,” Johnson explained. “I never ever get wrapped up in the sludge of the bullshit that can be connected at times to a franchise. So I never get dragged into it. I never respond to any of that.”
As part of Gibson’s original rant, he threatened to leave The Fast & the Furious family if Johnson was going to be involved, but Gibson eventually backpedaled and offered Johnson some form of an apology.
Bottom line, Johnson just wants to deliver solid work for The Fast & the Furious audience.
“It’s been a challenging process,” he said. “Because I feel like my intention from day one, when I first joined the cast, was to hopefully come in, have fun, and create a character that people will hopefully like and try to elevate the franchise.”
Despite Gibson’s disapproval, Hobbs & Shaw will be the first Fast & Furious spin-off, and is anticipated for a 2019 release in 2019. The Fast & the Furious 9 is expected to hit cinemas sometime in 2020. The eight installment of the franchise, The Fate of the Furious, was released in April.