Vin Diesel

Vin Diesel has allegedly been causing lots of behind-the-scenes drama in the ‘Fast and Furious’ family. Image via @vindiesel/Instagram

‘Fast X’ fall-out: Vin Diesel acts like ‘fuel-injected prima donna’

‘The movie is not worth my mental health’: Director Justin Lin parted ways with the ‘Fast & Furious’ family after a fall-out with Vin Diesel.

Vin Diesel

Vin Diesel has allegedly been causing lots of behind-the-scenes drama in the ‘Fast and Furious’ family. Image via @vindiesel/Instagram

There has been a lot of drama behind the scenes on the various sets of the Fast & the Furious franchise and by the looks of it, lead actor Vin Diesel is engineering it all.

According to many reports, director Justin Lin pumped the brakes on Fast X last week when he quit after having a fall-out with Diesel and Universal Studios.

The movie, which will be released in May 2023, reportedly lost $1 million (R15.5 million) a day amid the search for a new director which increased the budget to more than $300 million (R4.7 billion).

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As per The Hollywood Reporter, Lin was handling writing duties on the movie and believed he had a locked script. However, Universal Studios and Diesel disagreed. As a result, the studio revealed it would be sending a writer to London to polish dialogue for some of the actors, a move that Lin was not impressed with.

To add insult to injury, an insider also revealed that per an “unorthodox” writing process, Diesel allegedly gets to veto action scenes from writers. In addition, it is alleged that he shows up late to set, doesn’t learn his lines, and comes to set out of shape.

“Justin finally had enough and said, ‘This movie is not worth my mental health’,” one insider told the publication.

“The whole process is a mosaic that never stops moving,” another source was quoted as saying.

However, the studio’s spokesperson said “any creative differences leading to Justin Lin’s exit were with the studio, not with fellow producers, cast or crew”.

Following Lin’s departure, Transporter and Lupin director Louis Leterrier was announced on Monday 2 May as the new Fast X director.


This isn’t the first allegation of a difficult work environment with the 54-year-old actor. In 2016, Diesel and Dwayne Johnson butted heads during The Fate of the Furious.

“My female co-stars are always amazing and I love ’em. My male co-stars however are a different story. 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,” Johnson posted to Instagram on his final day of filming The Fate of the Furious in 2017.

Last November, Johnson shut down Diesel’s social media invitation to co-star in Fast X, saying he didn’t like that he brought up his children in the post, as well as Paul Walker’s death.

Diesel has also managed to annoy Charlize Theron who is part of the Fast X cast.

The South African-born actress, who plays the role of Cipher, was not impressed when Diesel bragged about the scene where their characters kissed in The Fate of the Furious.

Talking about the smooch back in 2017, he said, “A kiss cannot lie, lips don’t lie. No, they didn’t. She OWNED it.”

In response on the Ellen Show, Charlize said Diesel kissed “like a dead fish.”

“He’s literally going around saying I had the best time of my life. They’re like, ‘Do you think she liked it?” and he’s like “Oh yeah, oh yeah, she loved it.'”

“I like a little bit more movement in my men… And he’s standing there, as his character should’ve, frozen, like a dead fish,”she added.

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