A key member of the “family” will be missing from the latest installment in the Fast and Furious franchise.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who has portrayed Luke Hobbs in the series ever since 2011’s Fast Five, will be sitting out the action when the latest entry hits theaters this summer. Given his rocky history with franchise star Vin Diesel, and the success of last year’s spin-off Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, fans could be forgiven for thinking that Johnson might be going his own way. However, that doesn’t appear to be the case.
In a 2019 interview with MTV News, Johnson explained that his absence from F9 was due to scheduling conflicts with Hobbs & Shaw. an explanation which seemed a little suspect. At the time, the spin-off flick had just wrapped, and when asked by the interviewer if he and co-star Jason Statham would be taking part in the ninth film in the main series, Johnson hemmed and hawed.
We suppose that even the Rock needs to take a breather from action movies every once in awhile. Still, considering that his work on Hobbs & Shaw was complete and F9 was gearing up to enter production at the time of the interview, it sure seems like he could have participated. Perhaps that answer wasn’t quite the whole truth.
It’s well-documented that Johnson and Diesel butted heads, and possibly biceps, during the making of 2017’s Fate of the Furious. While we still don’t know the exact nature of the beef, we do know that it was serious enough that the two didn’t actually shoot any scenes for the flick together. Instead, clever editing and Dom’s seeming betrayal of his Family allowed the two bald beefcakes to share starring roles without actually sharing a scene.
However, in a Rolling Stone interview in 2018, Johnson indicated that the beef had been at least somewhat squashed. According to The Rock himself:
“Right now I’m concentrating on making [Hobbs & Shaw] as good as it can be. But I wish him all the best, and I harbor no ill will there, just because of the clarity we have… Actually, you can erase that last part about ‘no ill will.’ We’ll just keep it with the clarity.” Keep watching the video to see the real reason Dwayne Johnson isn’t in Fast and Furious 9!
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