John Cena has had his say on the ongoing feud between The Rock and Vin Diesel, calling on fans to ‘stop taking sides’.
The Fast & Furious stars have been beefing on-and-off for years, after The Rock called out Diesel in 2016 for apparently showing up late to work and displaying poor work ethic while on the set of the films.
Eventually, the pair were able to bury the hatchet, but things took another turn late last year after Vin Diesel issued a very public call for The Rock to agree to return for the final instalments of the Fast franchise.
The Rock didn’t seem to take too kindly to being publicly pressured into signing up for the films, and said as much, describing Diesel’s mention of the late Paul Walker in his Instagram plea as ‘manipulative’.
Now, The Rock’s fellow WWE star-turned-blockbuster icon John Cena has weighed in, saying that while he hopes the pair can come to some sort of resolution, he respects the ‘professional opinion’ of each of the actors.
‘I don’t think that story is about taking sides,’ he told the Pardon My Take podcast. ‘That story is about hearing everybody’s perspective and it is a story where, me as a fan of the franchise, I’d love the franchise to get together for this last run.’
But when someone says professionally [that] they want to go in another direction, if you say anything other than, ‘okay,’ it’s their professional opinion to make the choice that they want. I think that’s very brave and very honest.
Cena acknowledged that both Diesel and The Rock had their own valid perspectives on the situation, saying both had given their reasons displaying ‘gravity and honesty’, and urged fans to ‘stop taking sides and just take a second to hear everybody’.
‘These are two amazingly successful superstars, people who have crafted their own existence and are globally adored,’ he said, describing Diesel as the ‘father’ of the Fast & Furious movies, while praising The Rock as a trailblazer from his start in WWE to becoming one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars.
In November, The Rock seemingly shut the door on a return to the Fast franchise for good in the wake of Diesel’s public appeal, telling CNN: ‘I was firm yet cordial with my words and said that I would always be supportive of the cast and always root for the franchise to be successful, but that there was no chance I would return.’
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