The Rock isn't looking for smoke.
Some months ago, Tyrese Gibson began the first in an odd stream of actions that included a public breakdown on social media and lying about receiving a million dollars from Will & Jada Smith when he publicly called out his Fast & Furious co-star Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson in response to news of Johnson's Fast & Furious spinoff film. According to Tyrese, the production of this film, centered around The Rock's character of Lucas Hobbs, pushed back the forthcoming installment of the franchise, and that didn't sit too well with him.
Through it all, Johnson has remained mum of the subject, not addressing it publicly, but in a new interview, he's finally broken his silence while he still doesn't call out Gibson specifically.
“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,” Johnson told the Entertainment Weekly. “But in the process of elevating the franchise, I have always thought that in order for this to have real longevity and legs, we should spin out and create characters that can live on their own.”
“At the end of the day, the only thing I want to do is make a great movie for the fans,” he went on to tell the publication. "I never ever get wrapped up in the sludge of the bulls--- that can be connected at times to a franchise. So, I never get dragged into it. I never respond to any of that.”