In a lengthy Facebook video on Friday, Diesel, 49, told fans, “When I think about how fortunate I am and how blessed I am, it’s hard for me not to recognize how much all of you have affected those blessings. And how much you all attributed to me feeling so fortunate…without you, I would not be doing ‘Fast 8.'”
He added, “The reason we brought Dwayne Johnson into ‘Fast 5’ was because of you! There was a [fan] named Jan Kelly who said, ‘I would love to see you guys work together on screen.’ So we gave the role that was originally written for Tommy Lee Jones, we gave it to Dwayne and he shined in it.”
Johnson, 44, didn’t reciprocate the sentiment. In an Instagram post, Johnson thanked his “Fast 8″ co-stars, but not Diesel.
“Finished strong and on to the next,” he captioned a photo of himself in front of a private jet. “That’s an officially wrap on #FastAndFurious8. Thank you to our director @fgarygray for the vision and execution. Thank you UNIVERSAL for being tremendous partners as always, thank you to all my fellow co-stars for the daily effort and grind. Scott Eastwood you handsome...bitch! Natalie Emmanuel I have a cold Budweiser ready for you and Tyrese Gibson you still have the biggest smile and forehead I’ve ever seen.”
The beefcakes have been beefing ever since Johnson posted a cryptic Instagram video slamming an unnamed, “candy ass” “Fast 8” co-star for a lack of professionalism. Page Six confirmed that Diesel was the target, and attempts to make peace between the bald bruisers failed, with both stars taking subtle shots at one another on social media.