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All The Ways "Fate Of The Furious" Keeps The Rock And Vin Diesel Apart

*Warning: Spoilers ahead.*

Even if you weren’t excited about 2017’s addition in the Fast and the Furious never-ending story, you still probably heard about the Rock/Vin Diesel feud that fueled controversy and threatened to turn the entire thing into a catastrophe. The Fate of the Furious is more than just cool cars and really confusing plot holes. The movie is really about the egos of the film's two stars. Dwayne Johnson posted multiple Instagram posts about his distaste for one particular actor who went unnamed, Tyrese sort of got in the middle of it but no one could remember who Tyrese was, and Vin Diesel posted a cryptic video on Insta about industry dirt. What a nightmare. In order to get around the Fate of the Furious feud, director F. Gary Gray had to resort to a myriad of ridiculous ways to make the audience believe that Johnson and Diesel were sharing the same space even though they probably weren’t even on set together.

The Fate of the Furious filming demands were so strenuous they affected the entire plot. Despite all the bombast of the final sequence which involves an exploding submarine, and Vin Diesel being shielded from the blast by a bunch of fancy cars, the film lacks the visual exhale that would have been seeing Johnson and Diesel occupy the same space either as friends or foes. The film only needed for this to happen twice, once at the beginning, and again at the end when the team is reunited, but the feud between to two bald stars was so intense they wouldn’t even give the audience that much. Whether you’re a Furious-Head or not, you’re going to want to keep reading to discover all of the truly silly ways they kept the Rock and Vin Diesel apart during filming.

  • Fun Editing Tricks

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    This film must have been a treat to edit. Not only did editors Paul Rubell and Christian Wagner have to fine tune a cool prison fight that follows Jason Statham as he flips around and beats up cops and prisoners alike, they also had to cut around Johnson and Diesel never being in the same room. It must have been a delight. And it wasn't the editors who got in on the fun. Can you imagine how great it was for the entire crew to show up and get paid for a full day of filming Johnson alone in a room while he pretended to react to Diesel saying something to a group of people? Somewhere on some hard drive exists nothing but shots of Johnson smiling blankly as Diesel gives a toast about family. It needs to be released to the world. 

  • Putting Other Actors In Between Them

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    This method is one of the oldest tricks in the book, and while Fate of the Furious did plenty of things to keep its two bald stars from spending too much time together in a shot, sometimes it is inevitable. Well, sort of. The most time the two men spend together is in a wrap up barbecue scene that literally every good guy from the film pops up in. When Dom and Hobbs are in the same shot, there are so many characters in between them it's as if director F. Gary Gray thought a fight could break out at any minute so he not only separated the men, but put Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Tyrese Gibson, Scott Eastwood, and Kurt Russell between them to act as cannon fodder for when the actors came to blows. 

  • Making Sure They Were In Separate Cars

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    This may seem like a no-brainer for a film predicated on furious people driving fast, but you'd be surprised how many characters share a car with one another throughout the film's hefty runtime. Ludacris constantly drives around with Nathalie Emmanuel, and Gibson abandons his orange Lambo to ride with Johnson in a big truck. So it wouldn't be out of the question for the two actors to sit in a car together to have a terse conversation about nuclear codes or techniques for having a shiny head. This trick for separating the actors gets so bad they don't even share a look between their respective car windows, which Diesel does with almost every other actor. 

  • Adding Extra Characters And Hoping The Audience Wouldn't Notice

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    It's not like there weren't already a lot of characters in the Fast/Furious series. The first film has four main characters, and over the course of eight movies, added Ludacris, Gibson, two guys who only speak Spanish, various women who pretend to find Vin Diesel attractive, a slew of villains, Helen Mirren, Kurt Russell, and Johnson. And Fate of the Furious is no different. Enter Scott Eastwood, Statham, Theron, and a baby. It's as if the director wants to make you think Johnson and Diesel simply didn't have time to share a scene together because they were so busy with all of the new characters who had to be introduced to further split the film into two different franchises. If you're wondering, Johnson would lead the Furious half of the franchise, while Diesel would command the Fast portion of the series.