In case you need a refresher, the 44-year-old former wrestler drew quite a bit of attention last year when he took to Instagram to SLAM one of his Fast 8 costars (AKA Diesel) for being a “chicken shit” and a “candy ass.” Welp.
In a new interview with USA Today, The Pacifier actor addressed the controversy by totally sweeping it under the rug.
“I don’t think the world really realizes how close we are, in a weird way. I think some things may be blown out of proportion. I don’t think that was his intention. I know he appreciates how much I work this franchise. In my house, he’s Uncle Dwayne.”
Well that’s encouraging…
And although there were some disagreements on set, Diesel explained he had to take a lot of heat as the producer:
“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.”
When asked if they’ve hugged it out since all the dramz, the muscle man responded:
“Always, always, always. I’m always rooting for Dwayne. I’m the first multicultural megastar in Hollywood. They didn’t exist. To see another multicultural star come up is something I am very proud of. I’m always rooting Dwayne on.”
“It’s not always easy being an alpha. And it’s two alphas. Being an alpha is sometimes a pain in the (butt).”
Dudes, ya know?
[Image via Universal Pictures.]