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In the latest issue of Life & Style, an insider reveals that while there is some truth to the recent rivalry between Fast & Furious stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Vin Diesel, the beef is largely a publicity stunt to amp up drama for a WWE wrestling match — and to help promote the April 2017 release of Fast 8.
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The Fast & Furious franchise has developed into one of Hollywood’s most unlikely mega-franchises in part because of a winning chemistry between its recurring main cast that nicely compliments the series’ central themes of family and strength in numbers. However, rumors have flown for months that the makeshift “family” has been experiencing dysfunction on the set of the just-wrapped eighth installment.
This all started with a cryptic social media post implying that series regular Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has had a falling out with one or more of his fellow castmates – with franchise star Vin Diesel heavily rumored to be the one The Rock was alluding to. While the rest of the film’s cast has largely remained silent on the matter, a new rumor claims that this “feud” may really be an elaborate promotional stunt that involves Johnson’s past career as a professional wrestler.
The new rumor comes from Life & Style, which quotes an unnamed source close to the production as revealing that the supposed rift between Fast 8’s two biggest stars is actually a “prank” being staged as part of a publicity stunt. The apparent endgame? Diesel and The Rock opting to settle their differences in hand-to-hand combat at Wrestlemania XXXIII – a live WWE pay-per-view professional wrestling event coincidentally scheduled to take place a scant 12 days before Fast 8 is set to open in theaters.
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