Dwayne Johnson doesn’t seem to have any regrets about his previous statement calling some of his unnamed male Fast & Furious costars “candy asses.”
In a new interview with the Los Angeles Times promoting his upcoming Disney animated film Moana, Johnson addressed his August Instagram post, where he thanked the Fast 8 crew and his female costars during his final week of filming, and then turned the attention to his male castmates. “Some conduct themselves as stand up men and true professionals, while others don’t. The ones that don’t are too chicken s-‑‑ to do anything about it anyway. Candy asses,” he wrote. “When you watch this movie next April and it seems like I’m not acting in some of these scenes and my blood is legit boiling — you’re right.”
“I was very clear with what I said. I’ve been in the game a long time,” Johnson told the newspaper. “Would Universal have preferred that didn’t happen? Sure, we talked about it. The irony is after that and as they do their tracking and all their analysis, the interest shot through the roof to a whole other level.”
While Johnson has avoided referring to any of his male costars by name, it was widely speculated the target of his rant was series mainstay Vin Diesel. Costar Tyrese Gibson appeared to stand up for Diesel in a couple Instagram posts, while Johnson omitted the franchise original from his thank you list in another Instagram post on his final day of shooting.
Fast 8, which will bring new series stars Charlize Theron, Helen Mirren, and Scott Eastwood to the fold, drives into theaters on April 14.