Fast and Furious actor Tyrese Gibson is reportedly upset with co-star Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson’s “selfish” decision to make a spinoff movie without any of the original cast members.
Last week reports surfaced about Johnson starring in the spinoff, which pushed back the release date of the ninth Fast and Furious film to 2020 instead of 2019—when the spinoff is set to premiere.
Tyrese did not take the news lightly and immediately expressed his disappointment with Johnson for agreeing to do the spinoff.
#PSA Congratulations to @TheRock and your brother in law aka 7 bucks producing partner @hhgarcia41 for making the fast and the furious franchise about YOU – And like you, DJ even if they call I will not be deleting this post – Gn folks see you in 2020 April #FastFamily right? Nah….. it's about #TeamDewayne #3yrs will it be worth the wait? #NoShaw just Hobbs will this be another #BayWatch? Guys guys just relax I'm just a passionate film critic
Tyrese posted an Instagram photo of the new release date for Fast and Furious 9, which is April 2020, with a lengthy caption about Johnson selfishly making the entire franchise about himself.
The next day, Tyrese posted another photo of some of the Furious cast members, among them Vin Diesel and the late Paul Walker. Tyrese said they were the “fast family” until Johnson showed up and that several of the cast members were also offered a spinoff but turned it down.
Diversity, love, multi ethnic worldwide multi generational, United Nations, One Race, Fast Family…… Until Dewayne showed up I guess this whole time he had a problem cause he wasn't the ONLY ONE on the movie poster……….. I guess dreams do come true congratulations to @hhgarcia41 and @therock you guys are just amazing you really broke up the #FastFamily I tried to warn you guys… You thought I was hating…… I was simply fighting to keep the family together what makes us great is when you see us all TOGETHER we don't fly solo….. #MyLastPost today….. I got 3 years of venting on this clown – They offered but YOU didn't have to agree with a solo #HobbsMovie #OriginalFastFamily we salute you and stand on your shoulders #VinDiesel #PaulWalker #RobCohen #RomanTej were offered a spin off we TURNED IT DOWN!!!
That same day, Vin Diesel posted an Instagram photo of himself, Tyrese, and Walker with the caption “Brotherhood…”.
Diesel posted a photo the following day with Johnson, saying they shared a complex brotherhood and suggesting that the pushed back time of the ninth movie could allow it more time to be better.
Brotherhood… and all it's complexities. This scene was filmed in Puerto Rico, I can remember it like it was yesterday. Such a beautiful island, the people were so warm and welcoming. I turned 43 that summer… and my son Vincent was born. A woman named Jan Kelly responded to a question I had asked on Facebook, 'who they would like to see me work with?' She said would love to see me work with Dwayne… I listened to her request and he became Hobbs. I know there has been a lot of speculation as to why the Fast 9 release date was pushed… but it would be unfair to say it is anyone's fault. As we plot the course to expand the Fast & Furious universe, one must be mindful to take stock of the roads we took to get here. The pillars of authenticity, family and most importantly, our loyal fan’s perspective has been instrumental in procuring success. However, like any vehicle that has run around the globe 8 times, the franchise is in need of maintenance. My good friend and the godfather of Universal, Ron Meyer has granted me the time to do just that. We have some very exciting news to share soon… stay tuned. Yours truly, Dom #FamilyAlways
On Monday, Johnson responded to the feud with an Instagram post. “I want to use my spinoff to create new characters that fans will ultimately love to have fun with in multiple chapters and platforms,” the actor said. “#CandyAssesNeedNotApply.”
Johnson said his vision is to create better opportunities for his Fast and Furious cast members and for others actors.
Hobbs, Johnson’ character, joined the franchise in 2011 for the fifth movie. The original cast, which includes Tyrese and Diesel, have been working together since 2001 creating eight installments to the franchise.
Daddy’s gotta go back to work ~ Hobbs. Pumped to expand and build out the FAST & FURIOUS universe in a cool, exciting way with our @sevenbucksprod, writer/producer Chris Morgan, producer Hiram Garcia and lead producer and my bigger twin, Neil Moritz. Thank you UNIVERSAL STUDIOS for being tremendous partners who see the big picture and for coming to us years ago with this spinoff idea. Huge shout to my brother, Jason Statham for the trust and wanting to create and deliver something fresh and bad ass for the fans. I have a tremendous amount of respect for this franchise that I’ve enjoyed droppin’ blood and sweat in over the years and my vision is to create greater opportunities for not only my fellow FF cast mates, but for other amazing actors as well who want to be a part of something new and cool. I want to use my spinoff platform to create new characters that fans will ultimately love to have fun with in multiple chapters and platforms. Film, TV, Digital, Virtual Reality etc.. the more opportunities we can create the better for the fans. Smart business. Let’s have some FUN and to quote, Hobbs the boss, if you don’t like it, we’re happy to beat that ass like a Cherokee drum. #HOBBS #SevenBucksProds #NewOpportunities #CandyAssesNeedNotApply JULY 2019
On Wednesday TMZ posted a video capturing an upset-looking Tyrese talking about his disappointment with Johnson. Tyrese said he was not hating on Johnson for getting a spinoff, but that he wishes the release timing was different.
“The Fast and the Furious family, the fans, the tribe, the people that’s been rocking with us for 16 years, you know, pushing our release date back, it’s only happened one time in the history of Fast and Furious, is when we lost our brother Paul Walker,” Tyrese said. “It appears that [Dwayne] is being selfish and so focused on furthering his own self interests.”
To continue the beef, on Wednesday Tyrese posted a video of Johnson hilariously mocking his 2015 R&B album, Black Rose.
“Haters come in many forms,” Tyrese wrote in the Instagram video caption.
At this point it’s difficult to tell how upset either camp is, or if this is just some elaborate marketing scheme. Either way we’re ready for the next round of Furious films.