After months of filming it looks like Fast 8 is almost ready to go into post-production. However, if a recent post on social media is to be believed it appears that the making of the eight instalment of the Fast and Furious franchise wasn't all smooth sailing.
Yesterday, Dwayne Johnson posted a clip from Fast 8 on his Instagram and Facebook, and while the video was something that many Fast and Furious fans might already be familiar with (Johnson has posted several clips and images of the scene before), it was his comments which really got the internet speculating.
Translated from Instagram-speak, the caption reads:
This is my final week of shooting Fast And Furious 8. There's no other franchise that gets my blood boiling more than this one. An incredible hard working crew. Universal has been great partners as well. 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 shit 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. Bottom line is it'll play great for the movie and fits this Hobbs character that's embedded in my DNA extremely well. The producer in me is happy about this part. Final week on FAST 8 and I'll finish strong. #IcemanCometh #ZeroToleranceForCandyAsses
Whoa - Blood boiling? Candy asses? Chicken shit? The Rock is clearly very unimpressed. And while at first glance it might look as though the Rock is calling out a mystery co-star(s), if you look a little further afield it seems possible that these comments are directed at Scott Eastwood, who joined the cast earlier in the year.
Despite his father, Clint Eastwood, having been in the industry for decades before he was born, Scott didn't get into acting until he was 20, and only seriously started pursuing roles over the last five years appearing in films such as Texas Chainsaw 3D, Fury, The Longest Ride and Suicide Squad. Aside from Suicide Squad, Fast 8 is the biggest production he's been a part of, and unfortunately for him it doesn't seem as though he made many allies on set.
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So what about The Rock's caption made it seem like he was referring to Eastwood? Well, perhaps the not-so-subtle use of the weird phrase "candy asses." You see, that very same phrase was used by Scott Eastwood in a recently published Esquire interview.
The interview, which was a joint endeavor with both Clint and Scott Eastwood, covered a wide variety of topics. And it was during talk about politics that Clint Eastwood — who also revealed he would vote for Trump over Clinton — controversially claimed that the world is currently "in a pussy generation." Following on from this claim, Esquire later jokingly asked Eastwood if, politically speaking, he supported the Anti-Pussy party, to which Scott replies "that's right. No candy-asses."
But this wasn't the only comment that may have rubbed The Rock the wrong way, with Eastwood also throwing some shade of his own at his Fast 8 co-stars earlier in the article. After being asked how he forged his own identity in the shadow of his father, the young Eastwood said:
I remember something he told me early on. I don't remember how old I was when you told me this, Dad. But you said, "As an actor, I never went back to my trailer. I always hung out on set and learned." That stuck with me. I'm on this Fast and the Furious movie right now, and everyone goes back to their trailer. I stick around and say, "Why are you setting up the shot like this?" I want to learn.
So, the theory suggests Eastwood's comments in Esquire were the straws that broke the camel's back for The Rock, and after dealing with the actor on set for weeks during filming, the anger seems to have come (blood) boiling out in a thinly-veiled social media post.
In any case, I don't know about you, but if this is how the veterans actors (and producers) of the franchise feel, will might not be seeing this mysterious candy-ass in any more sequels.
Fast 8 hits cinemas on April 14, 2017 but before than, take a look at how they put together the unreal stunts of Furious 7 in this short video below: