Vin Diesel remained relatively mum back when Dwayne Johnson branded him a “candy ass,” and now that he’s publicly addressing the feud in time for Fate of the Furious’s premiere, he’s keeping any lurking resentment pretty well concealed. Friends, we ask you, is that the behavior of a true candy ass? (Honestly, no clue.) Speaking with USA Today, Diesel distilled Johnson’s furiousness to an inevitability of two big, bald, clashing personalities. “It’s not always easy being an alpha. And it’s two alphas … being an alpha is sometimes a pain in the (butt),” he said. But none of their spats change that “in my house, he’s Uncle Dwayne,” and, hey, families fight. According to Diesel, Johnson is ultimately grateful for all that he does … whether Johnson knows it or not.
I protect the franchise. I protect everybody including Dwayne. I protected Dwayne more than he’ll ever know. And it doesn’t matter. He doesn’t have to know. But he appreciates it. He knows it … Dwayne has only got one Vin in his life. Dwayne Johnson only has one big brother in this film world and that’s me.