Between "The Rock" and a hard place...
By Robert Marrujo:: Musician/actor Tyrese Gibson's feud with fellow star Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson seems to be showing no signs of extinguishing any time soon. Gibson, who has already voiced his displeasure over what he perceives to be Johnson holding up development of Fast 9, has taken things a step further and declared via Instagram that he will exit the project entirely if The Rock doesn't step away completely:
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”...... #CandyAssBitchMade All my real one.... Men on integrity... my real ones out here stand UP...... folks that GP to the gym and get big naturally #NoJuice #NoOJ spin off huh? Spin off these nuts selfish champ...... pause notice who’s got his arms around my shoulder and who’s standing alone - #OurChildrenMatter
Gibson's statement is somewhat unintelligible, but his message is clear: if Johnson is in, then he will be out.
It appears that the main issue here is Gibson's fiery court battle between himself and his ex-wife over their ten-year old daughter. Gibson seems to believe that since Johnson has accepted being in a Fast & Furious spin-off with co-star Jason Statham, it's caused Fast 9 to be pushed back to 2020, a full year behind schedule. Thus, it would appear that Gibson, who claims to be virtually penniless, was banking on getting paid for the upcoming film in order to handle the expenses he's currently faced with. Here's the IG post from Gibson that we're paraphrasing from, in part:
Father God I see you and I finally get it............... Life is confusing at times when you’re moving along and your “role” or “purpose” isn’t revealed to you.......... Proudly I’m a Capricorn born Dec 30th 1978 Dr King was taken away from us April 4th 1968 and when I found out Dr King WALKED the streets of WATTS during the WATTS RIOTS it changed my life forever!!!!!! The King family it’s random but I just wanna thank you for love and thank you for your sacrifice and thank you for what your mother and “FATHER” selflessly did for us all........... #VoltronStudiosHollywood coming soon....... I repeat coming soon.... Ok? Take care guys......God bless you..... ps Lee Daniels dude you’re a fellow Capricorn please listen to me don’t you EVER wear your facial hairs like that ever again Ok? And FYI I was never mad at The Rock - I was just mad that he was “pitched” an idea privately and said yes to it without thinking of what I’m dealing with personally I’m almost broke paying legal fees and is doing what we committed to doing for the #FastFans and #FastFamily cause the fast is tradition it’s not just another Movie Fast was created to COUNTER images of racism to counter that WE ARE NOT ONE RACE...... So the rock how does it feel bro?.... going home to your daughter every night.... it’s was 60 days before I seen my baby..... and all I asked you to do “privately” was NOT accept a role that would deeply effect us all....... You are simply NOT the people’s champ..... you are a selfish champ..... I’m almost broke swimming in legal fees CAA tried but couldn’t book me anything cause my ex wife killed my reputation so no one wants to hire me.. It’s not about I know I know I know right?? Says the man on the Forbes list.. Make sure you kiss your 2 daughters when you get home I wish I could but I can’t afford to fight for my baby anymore so they’re likely going to take her away....... Thanks Dewayne see you guys in 2020 and I will not delete this post cause the TRUTH of selfish people in Hollywood needs to be mentioned.................. to this day Dewayne has NOT called me back as u see me crying every 3 hours over my baby know #ShaylaRocks
Fast 9 is currently slated to drop in 2020. Whether or not Gibson, the Rock, both, or neither will be in the film is still up in the air.