Newswire: Vin Diesel is just so proud of his “little brother” Dwayne Johnson

In what’s either the final gasp of CandyAssGate—or just another, slightly sneakier front in an ongoing war—Vin Diesel has opened up about the tensions between himself and Dwayne Johnson on the set of The Fate Of The Furious. According to a recent Entertainment Weekly interview, Diesel has said that the arguments between the two actors have been overblown, and that he and Johnson are much closer than people think. “In my house, he’s Uncle Dwayne,” Diesel noted, in what’s actually a pretty sweet thing to hear.

But Diesel then continued the “brothers” metaphor a little further, winding his way down a more weirdly paternalistic route. (Because you can’t have a conflict associated with a Fast And Furious movie without bringing it back to “family.”) “I protect the franchise,” Diesel told interviewers, positing himself as the stalwart sentinel guarding the movies’ endless series of exploding …

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