Whether or not the rivalry between Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson is real or just a fabricated early marketing ploy to pump people up for the release of Fast 8 next year, it’s certainly been fascinating to follow. While The Rock has been doing his best to snub Diesel where he can, it appears that there’s no bad blood on Diesel’s end, at least judging by the kind words the actor reserved for the former WWE superstar during his giant Facebook Live video last week.
During the same video, Diesel also dropped a surprising reveal about the original direction for Johnson’s Fast and Furious character Hobbs. According to Diesel, they originally had someone much different in mind for the part:
“Back in the fifth film, I was asking ‘Who should I work with?’ The reason why we brought Dwayne Johnson into Fast Five was because of you. There was a girl named Jen (maybe, Jan?) Kelly who said, ‘I would love to see you guys work together on-screen.’ And so, we gave a role that was initially written for Tommy Lee Jones but we gave it to Dwayne, and he shined in it.”
Although Jones and Johnson couldn’t be more unalike from a physical standpoint, Diesel’s revelation that Hobbs was originally written with Jones in mind actually makes quite a bit of sense when you think about it. Tommy Lee Jones is known for playing law enforcement types, especially ones hunting down fugitives (case in point: The Fugitive, U.S. Marshals), and since every one of his characters is a grizzled curmudgeon, Jones would made for the perfect foil to Dom Toretto and his crew of street racing punks.
However, in the end, we’re glad Diesel chose The Rock instead, since it’s gifted us with three movies worth of musclebound, testosterone-fueled bromance. Feel the love:
(Via: Slash Film)