Tyrese Gibson has slammed his ‘Fast & Furious’ cast-mate Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson as ‘a clown’, blaming him for delaying the production of ‘Fast & Furious 9’.
It emerged yesterday that the movie won’t hit screens until April, 2020, a postponement of a year from the original planned release date.
No reason for the delay was given by the movie franchise’s studio Universal at the time, but all is starting to become clear.
In a series of angry posts on his Instagram account, he squared the blame at both Johnson and his ex-brother-in-law Hiram Garcia, Johnson’s partner in his production company Seven Bucks (Johnson was married to Garcia’s sister Dany until their split in 2007).
#PSA Congratulations to @TheRock and your brother in law aka 7 bucks producing partner @hhgarcia41 for making the fast and the furious franchise about YOU – And like you, DJ even if they call I will not be deleting this post – Gn folks see you in 2020 April #FastFamily right? Nah….. it's about #TeamDewayne #3yrs will it be worth the wait? #NoShaw just Hobbs will this be another #BayWatch? Guys guys just relax I'm just a passionate film critic
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‘What’s he on about?’, you might ask.
Well, a spin-off starring Johnson and Jason Statham’s Hobbs and Shaw characters from the Fast & Furious movies has now been announced.
The movie, which will find special agent Hobbs and master criminal Shaw heading off on a mission – with the rumoured involvement of writer and director Shane Black – will arrive in cinemas on July 26, 2019, bumping back ‘Fast & Furious 9’ to 2020.
And it sounds like this is the reason that Gibson is displeased.
In another Instagram post from September, now deleted, Gibson said: “If you move forward with that Hobbs Movie you will have purposely ignored the heart to heart moment we had in my sprinter … I’m on your timeline cause you’re not responding to my text messages — #FastFamily is just that, a family……. We don’t fly solo.”
He issued another now deleted plea to Johnson here.
Since then, the posts have got a little more angry, another calling Johnson ‘a clown’.
Diversity, love, multi ethnic worldwide multi generational, United Nations, One Race, Fast Family…… Until Dewayne showed up I guess this whole time he had a problem cause he wasn't the ONLY ONE on the movie poster……….. I guess dreams do come true congratulations to @hhgarcia41 and @therock you guys are just amazing you really broke up the #FastFamily I tried to warn you guys… You thought I was hating…… I was simply fighting to keep the family together what makes us great is when you see us all TOGETHER we don't fly solo….. #MyLastPost today….. I got 3 years of venting on this clown – They offered but YOU didn't have to agree with a solo #HobbsMovie #OriginalFastFamily we salute you and stand on your shoulders #VinDiesel #PaulWalker #RobCohen #RomanTej were offered a spin off we TURNED IT DOWN!!!
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Johnson is yet to respond to the matter, though there’s been friction among the male cast of the movies before, including a supposed feud with Vin Diesel.
On wrapping ‘Fast & Furious 8’ last summer, Johnson posted: “My female co-stars are always amazing, and I love ’em. My male co-stars however are a different story.
“Some conduct themselves as stand up men and true professionals, while others don’t. The ones that don’t are too chicken s**t to do anything about it anyway. Candy asses … when you watch this movie next April, and it seems like I’m not acting in some of these scenes and my blood is legit boiling — you’re right.”