Dwayne Johnson Waged A Secret War On Jason Statham While Shooting Hobbs And Shaw

It doesn’t take more than a brief glance at the “Fast & Furious” films to see how much testosterone is packed into every frame. Fast cars, giant explosions, bulging muscles, scantily-clad women — the franchise is saturated with so much “dudes rock” energy that it can barely be contained on the screen.

So it comes as no surprise that the stars of the films bring their competitive natures to their off-camera antics in addition to their posturing on-camera. While actual animosity between the actors can certainly happen (and has), that competitiveness can manifest itself in other, more entertaining ways.

That’s exactly what occurred on the set of 2019’s “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw,” the franchise’s first (and, to date, only) spin-off entry starring Dwayne Johnson as Luke Hobbs and Jason Statham as Deckard Shaw.

Where the film itself sees Hobbs and Shaw in a perpetual state of annoyance with each other in the style of many a mismatched comedy duo, Johnson sought to maintain a different kind of one-upmanship with Statham in real life, waging a secret war on his co-star that had one particular goal: make Statham laugh as much as possible.

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While picking on a fellow actor not known for their physical prowess may be one thing, Johnson had no qualms about continuing his penchant for pranks and teasing when faced with a co-star very well known for kicking ass and taking names, Jason Statham. While the characters of Hobbs and Shaw began as bitter antagonists in the “Fast & Furious” films, beginning with Deckard’s first appearance in “Furious 7,” their reluctant team-up in “The Fate of the Furious” saw their relationship morph from enemies to frenemies, which is where they begin in “Hobbs & Shaw.”

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