The Rock Apologizes For Making His ‘Candy Ass’ Feud With Vin Diesel Public, But ‘I Meant What I Said,’ He Says

“Nothing specific happened, just the same old shit,” he says

Since The Rock called out his male Fast and Furious co-stars as “candy asses,” Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson’s animosity has been a nonstop source of comedy (and a chance to use the “come at me, bro” photo from Fast Five above) for five years. He was alluding to Diesel in particular, who… you can read the entire dispute history here. Tyrese refers to himself as “simply a passionate film reviewer” in the midst of it all. It’s fantastic. Diesel recently compared his “tough love” approach with Johnson to method acting, to which The Rock responded, “I laughed and I laughed hard.”

The Jungle Cruise star spoke to Vanity Fair about his description of “candy ass” (“A candy ass is something you don’t want to be.”) And the best way I can describe a sweet ass is this: I’ve discovered that life is so much easier when you’re not full of sh*t. And a sweet ass is utterly full of sh*t”), as well as whether something happened on the set of The Fate of the Furious in August 2016 that prompted him to make the comments he did.

“Nothing specific happened, just the same old shit,” he says. “And that just wasn’t my best day.”
Because of what happened, I ask, or because he chose to share it on Instagram?
“Chose to share it.”

“It sparked a firestorm,” Johnson continued. Nonetheless, it seemed as if every single member of the team found their way to me and either quietly thanked me or sent me a note. But, to be honest, sharing that wasn’t my greatest day. That was something I shouldn’t have said. Because, at the end of the day, it’s incompatible with my DNA. That’s something I don’t talk about. And I keep that kind of nonsense out of the public eye. They don’t need to be aware of this. That’s why I said it wasn’t the best day of my life.” “I meant what I said,” he said, but “expressing it publicly was not the appropriate thing to do.” Respectfully, I must disagree.

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