The feud between Vin Diesel and Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson has been well documented at this point, becoming a story nearly as big as the two actors themselves, possibly even contributing to The Fate of the Furious' record-setting opening weekend box office take. The exact details behind what came between the two stars isn't clear (though we can fill in some blanks), but it is known that Vin Diesel, who's also a producer for the franchise, demanded a post-credits tease between Johnson and Statham be cut.
The details of the scene in question haven't been specified, but The Wrap's report says it was intended to tease a spin-off. The problem is, it was filmed outside of Diesel's purview, possibly fueling his angry reaction, demanding it be removed. If the feud really is as simplistic as Diesel -the longtime star of the franchise - negatively reacting to feelings of being outshined by The Rock's rising star, then it's understandable, though petty, that he wouldn't be thrilled about learning that his crew was moving forward with a Johnson-led spin-off without consulting him.
Leading up to the release of the film, both Johnson and Diesel began to shrug off questions about the feud, suggesting that it was either overblown, already resolved, or both, which sounds like a reasonable explanation. Unfortunately for any fans hungry for some Hollywood gossip about the two muscle men, this effort to put the feud in the past means the true story of their conflict will probably remain buried for some time, unless it's trotted out again to get buzz for Fast and Furious 9.
On the brighter side, it sounds like the contentious scene is not lost on the cutting room floor, as the same report from The Wrap said it could be available for fans' viewing pleasure soon as a Blu-ray extra. While seeing it on the small screen may not have the same impact as it would have during the credits following the adrenaline-fueled film, it could still be revealing of Diesel's intentions when he had it cut. Was the chemistry between The Rock and Statham really so great that Diesel felt challenged, or was the actual content of the stinger irrelevant and Vin was just lashing out, using his status as producer to exert his authority over his more charasmatic and physically superior co-star?
More than likely, it'll be just like every other modern post-credits scene - a fun tease at a project to come - but its potential inclusion does add another reason for fans to look forward to the home release of the record-setting hit.
Source: The Wrap
- The Fate of the Furious (2017) release date: Apr 14, 2017