Vin Diesel sat down with Men’s Health to discuss his career, and perhaps inevitably, his former feud with Fast & Furious costar Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson came up. The 53-year-old is a producer on the franchise, and when Johnson joined, he had definite opinions about how it should go, he revealed.
He said: “It was a tough character to embody, the Hobbs character. My approach at the time was a lot of tough love to assist in getting that performance where it needed to be. As a producer to say, ‘OK, we’re going to take Dwayne Johnson, who’s associated with wrestling, and we’re going to force this cinematic world, audience members, to regard his character as someone that they don’t know’ — Hobbs hits you like a ton of bricks.”
Diesel said of the tough conversations: “That took a lot of work. We had to get there and sometimes, at that time, I could give a lot of tough love. Not Felliniesque, but I would do anything I’d have to do in order to get performances in anything I’m producing.”