Gibson previously threatened to never work with Johnson again
Dwayne Johnson has said he refuses to be dragged into a “bullshit” feud with Fast And Furious co-star Tyrese Gibson.
Gibson began criticising his fellow actor when it was revealed a spin-off for his character Hobbs and Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw was being developed. He threatened to never work with Johnson again, but later backtracked on that statement.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Johnson said: “At the end of the day, the only thing I want to do is make a great movie for the fans. I never ever get wrapped up in the sludge of the bullshit that can be connected at times to a franchise.”
He added: “So I never get dragged into it. I never respond to any of that.”
Discussing the spin-off – which has been in the works for almost five years – he said it was only decided to be centred around his and Statham’s characters after the release of Fast And Furious 8. “It’s been a challenging process because I feel like my intention from day one, when I first joined the cast, was to hopefully come in, have fun, and create a character that people will hopefully like and try to elevate the franchise,” he said.
Johnson explained that he had “always thought” the franchise needed to “spin out and create characters that can live on their own” if it was to have any longevity.
Hobbs And Shaw will be the first Fast And Furious spin-off, and is anticipated for a release in 2019. Meanwhile, Fast And Furious 9 is expected to hit cinemas the year after.