Here’s a quick spot of career advice for any readers in our audience who are—or might someday be—Fast And The Furious B-lister Tyrese Gibson: If you’ve reached a point in negotiations where the sentence “You can either have me in your movie, or The Rock, but not both” has passed your lips, we regret to inform you that things are not going very well.
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Gibson escalated his ongoing, largely one-sided feud with fellow series star Dwayne Johnson via Instagram today, typing out a series of posts that ended with a direct ultimatum, presumably aimed at the Fast series’ producers: “Hello world.......... hello loyal fans and loved ones from OUR fast universe........ I’m sorry to announce that if Dewayne is in Fast9 there will no more Roman Peirce - You mess with family and my daughters survival I mess with yours......... close your eyes dude you’re a ‘Clown’......” Gibson even invoked the dreaded candyass insult/hashtag that marked Johnson’s fight last year with Vin Diesel on the set of The Fate Of The Furious, in what we can only assume is the misguided belief that his character, wisecracking car thief Roman Pearce, is as vital to the franchise as either Johnson’s or Diesel’s.
Gibson’s beef with Johnson apparently stems from his fears that the latter actor’s planned spin-off film, Hobbes, will delay production of Fast 9, and, more importantly, his paycheck for Fast 9. (In another Instagram post, Gibson essentially stated that his F&F paydays are the only thing allowing him to stay in an ugly custody battle to prevent his ex-wife from getting a restraining order barring him from seeing his 10-year-old daughter.) We’re not sure how picking a fight with the most bankable star on the planet right now is going to help those goals, though; Johnson has largely ignored Gibson’s pokes, outside of a few veiled comments, and the franchise’s producers have yet to weigh in on the “feud.”