Vin Diesel has had to play peacemaker to the family before in the Fast & Furious franchise, but never before as an actor trying to keep his castmates happy and ready for the next film.
With the recent news that Fast 9 has been pushed to 2020 to make way for a Fast & Furious spinoff film featuring The Rock and Jason Statham, cast member Tyrese Gibson has been vocally upset, calling out The Rock on social media and accusing him of breaking up the family.
In a Facebook video taken aboard his private jet, Diesel just wants everyone to keep it positive:
One should remember that Diesel is a producer on each of these films, and as such makes a lot of money from each installment. It is in his best interest to keep the peace between the cast and keep the motor running. He posted the following Instagram picture today, in which he defends The Rock:
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Brotherhood… and all it's complexities. This scene was filmed in Puerto Rico, I can remember it like it was yesterday. Such a beautiful island, the people were so warm and welcoming. I turned 43 that summer… and my son Vincent was born. A woman named Jan Kelly responded to a question I had asked on Facebook, 'who they would like to see me work with?' She said would love to see me work with Dwayne… I listened to her request and he became Hobbs. I know there has been a lot of speculation as to why the Fast 9 release date was pushed… but it would be unfair to say it is anyone's fault. As we plot the course to expand the Fast & Furious universe, one must be mindful to take stock of the roads we took to get here. The pillars of authenticity, family and most importantly, our loyal fan’s perspective has been instrumental in procuring success. However, like any vehicle that has run around the globe 8 times, the franchise is in need of maintenance. My good friend and the godfather of Universal, Ron Meyer has granted me the time to do just that. We have some very exciting news to share soon… stay tuned. Yours truly, Dom #FamilyAlways
Remember that Vin Diesel and The Rock previously reportedly had a feud on the set of Fate of the Furious last year, and just this summer Michelle Rodriguez spoke out against the creative minds behind the series for not giving the women of the cast what they deserved. Diesel has had a hand in ending both of these conflicts, which has further cemented himself as the Godfather of the Furious family, both in the films and outside them.
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