The Fast & Furious franchise has been built around the concept of family and friendship, but the real-life interaction among its cast members has been quite different. Earlier this year, Vin Diesel and The Rock got into a very public feud that escalated to the point were both actors were kept apart during The Fate of the Furious press tour to avoid any confrontations.
Now, a new confrontation has come courtesy of #TyreseGibson. This past October, Universal decided to move Fast & Furious 9 from its original 2019 release date to 2020, in order to release its Luke Hobbs/Deckard Shaw spinoff, starring #DwayneJohnson and Jason Statham. This announcement didn't sit well with Gibson, who started calling out The Rock numerous times on social media:
The comments against Johnson were quite harsh, but the feud eventually died down, and fans assumed everything was OK between the actors. As we just learned, however, that wasn't the case...
Tyrese Gibson Has Come After The Rock Once Again
On November 1st, Gibson took to Instagram to share a picture of himself with a scathing message for The Rock. In the caption, the actor alleged that he asked his musclebound co-star to pass on the aforementioned spinoff so Fast 9 could come out as planned.
According to Gibson, he had no money left, and his salary for the franchise's ninth installment could have helped his decaying finances:
"I was never mad at The Rock –– I was just mad that he was 'pitched' an idea privately and said yes to it without thinking of what I'm dealing with personally. I'm almost broke paying legal fees and is doing what we committed to doing for the #FastFans and #FastFamily cause the Fast is tradition, it's not just another movie [...] So, The Rock, how does it feel bro?... going home to your daughter every night... it's was 60 days before I seen my baby... and all I asked you to do 'privately' was NOT accept a role that would deeply effect us all... You are simply NOT the people's champ [...] I'm almost broke swimming in legal fees. CAA tried but couldn't book me anything cause my ex wife killed my reputation so no one wants to hire me [...] Make sure you kiss your 2 daughters when you get home. I wish I could but I can't afford to fight for my baby anymore so they're likely going to take her away... Thanks, Dwayne, see you guys in 2020 [...] to this day Dwayne has NOT called me back as u see me crying every 3 hours over my baby."
Yikes. But wait just a second. That may have been harsh, folks, but it wasn't the end of the story. Things took a turn for the worse later that same day when Gibson shared a picture of himself alongside #VinDiesel and Dwayne Johnson:
Despite telling fans he'd see them in 2020 in his previous post, Gibson threatened to leave the Fast & Furious franchise if Johnson came back for Fast 9. He also accused The Rock of using steroids, and seemingly implied that he had Vin Diesel on his side:
"I'm sorry to announce that if Dwayne is in 'Fast 9,' there will no more Roman Pierce –– You mess with family and my daughters survival I mess with yours... close your eyes dude you're a 'Clown'... #CandyAssBitchMade All my real one.... Men on integrity... my real ones out here stand UP... folks that GP to the gym and get big naturally #NoJuice #NoOJ spinoff huh? Spinoff these nuts selfish champ... pause notice who's got his arms around my shoulder and who's standing alone –– #OurChildrenMatter."
Shortly after that post, Gibson shared yet another image of himself alongside Paul Walker and Johnson. This time around, the actor cropped The Rock and captioned the picture #CandyAssIsWearingBlacK:
Surprisingly, that wasn't the end of the story. A day after the posts were shared, Gibson took to Instagram once again to tell fans he had allegedly had a conversation with one of Dwayne Johnson's associates. While his response was quite unclear, he seems to be hinting at his return to the franchise in Fast 9:
Quite frankly, even with that message, this feud seems to be going out of hand, and I just don't see how it could benefit Gibson's career. Yes, Roman Pierce has been a popular character in the Fast & Furious franchise, and he was even supposed to get his own spinoff a few years ago, but he's nowhere near as central to the story as #DwayneJohnson's Hobbs has become.
The Rock is one of the franchise's most recognizable and beloved faces right now, so it's not really wise of Gibson to make Universal choose sides, even if he claims to have Vin Diesel's support.
The untitled Luke Hobbs/Deckard Shaw spinoff is slated to hit theaters on July 26, 2019. Fast 9 will be released on April 10, 2020.
What do you think about Tyrese Gibson's escalating feud with The Rock? Do you think he'll stick around for the Fast & Furious franchise? Let me know in the comments!