Putting the ‘furious’ in the Fast & Furious franchise, Tyrese Gibson has lashed out at co-star Dwayne Johnson in a pretty pointed Instagram rant. As the 10th highest-grossing movie franchise of all time, the nine Fast movies have grossed a pretty impressive $1,582.7 billion at the box office.
Universal’s Fast-Verse continuous to rev its engine and it looks like the studio is only just getting started with the petrolhead series.
Despite plans for the main series to come to an end with Fast and Furious 10, the release of Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw proves you don’t need to keep the whole gang together to make as Fast movie — probably good news considering growing tensions between the ranks.
Hobbs & Shaw reunites frenemies Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) and sends them on their of spin-off adventure to tackle Idris Elba’s Brixton Lore, aka Black Superman. While there’s been plenty of praise for the leading lads, it seems not everyone is impressed with their expanded screen time.
Posting on Instagram, Gibson threw some serious shade at Hobbs & Shaw‘s ‘underwhelming’ box office haul. Although he quickly took down his rant, The Shade Room captured his words. The 40-year-old singer/rapper shared an article about Hobbs & Shaw having the lowest franchise opening since the maligned The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.
Gibson wrote: “I have to show my respects for one thing…. He tried…….. Folks called me a hater…. And attacked me for speaking out….. Breaking up the family clearly doesn’t have the value that one would assume it does.”
The full post was much longer and repeatedly levelled angry opinions at Johnson. Gibson has an extended feud with Jonhson, accusing The Rock of making the Fast movies about him. Elsewhere, Vin Diesel and Johnson reportedly have a growing rift that’s in danger of derailing the whole series.
Known for playing the hot-headed Roman Pierce in the Fast movies, Gibson joined in 2003’s 2 Fast 2 Furious as a childhood friend of Paul Walker’s Brian O’Connor. This was a pre-Rock era and back when Hollwood was seemingly ready to give up on the street racing spectacle.
These days, it’s hard to imagine Fast without Johnson, whereas Gibson remains a background character. In 2017, Gibson accused The Rock of meddling with his child’s “survival” when Hobbs & Shaw delayed the release of Fast & Furious 9. Gibson was in the middle of a heated battle with his ex-wife and was reportedly haemorrhaging money through his legal battles.
It’s probably no coincidence that Johnson and Statham are supposed to be sitting out Fast & Furious 9. The studio presumably hopes everyone can put their differences aside in time for Fast & Furious 10 to round off the story in style.
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