The Rock Walks Back His ‘Candy Ass’ ‘Furious 8’ Drama With A New Instagram Post

Life as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson can’t be easy. While he’s settled comfortably into his role as Hollywood’s first choice for a leading man — at least in films where there are gonna be a ton of explosions — he’s still got an image to live up to. An image that he crafted during his tenure as one of the WWE’s biggest stars in his generation. So when one of his male co-stars on Fast 8 didn’t quite live up to his expectations he took to Instagram to vent a bit about what he felt was an unprofessional co-star.

He called him a candy ass. He didn’t go as far as to name names, or even to prefix “candy ass” with “roody poo” like he would have in a wrestling promo.

After further investigation, it was believed that the “candy ass” he was referring to was none other than Vin Diesel, with both actors’ egos clashing on the set according to reports and The Rock less-than-pleased with how Diesel was behaving. But now that The Rock has had time to cool himself down a bit, he has walked back on his stance and clarified a bit for his people, says The Hollywood Reporter. The Rock opted to send out a message of positivity in his Instagram post, although once again he avoided naming names.

“You guys reading this know how much I believe in the idea of TEAM EFFORT. That means respecting every person, their time and their value when they step on to my set or partner with our production company. And like with any team – that’s a family – there’s gonna be conflict. Family is gonna have differences of opinion and fundamental core beliefs. To me, conflict can be a good thing, when its followed by great resolution. I was raised on healthy conflict and welcome it. And like any family, we get better from it. At the end of the day me and #F8 co-stars all agree on the most important thing: Delivering an incredible movie to the world.”

So for anyone hoping to see a rematch The Rock vs. Vin Diesel at next year’s Wrestlemania you’ll have to settle with whatever kind of tension shows up in Furious 8, which is due out on April 14, 2017, which is curiously less-than two weeks after Wrestlemania. My god, they aren’t going to, are they?

(Via The Hollywood Reporter)