Vin Diesel may have seen his publicized the feud with Dwayne The Rock Johnson as tough love , but Johnson doesn't back down on what he said about Diesel. In a new cover for Vanity Fair, Johnson opened up about his role in the conflict. In 2016, he posted a photo on his verified Instagram account - which he has since deleted - in which he spoke about the filming of The Fate of the Furious. Some (male co-stars) behave like standing men and real professionals, while others don't, Johnson wrote at the time, suggesting he was talking about Diesel. This caused a firestorm. Still, quite interesting ... [it was] as if every member of the team had found their way to meand quietly thanked me or sent me a note, Johnson told Vanity Fair. But, yes, it wasn't. my best day, sharing. I shouldn't have shared this. Because in the end, it goes against my DNA. Find out more Diesel spoke to Men 's Health about the earlier this year. He said as a producer of the franchise Fast & Furious , he felt he needed to take a tough stand with Johnson, who played Luke Hobbs. He was a difficult character to play as Hobbs, Diesel told Men 's Health. My approach back then was a lot of hard love to help get this performance where it needed to be. As a producer saying, Okay, we're going to take Dwayne Johnson, who's associated with wrestling, and we're going to force this cinematic world, theonlookers, to see his character as someone who they don't know '- Hobbs hits you like a ton of bricks. Johnson pushed back on this in his interview with Vanity Fair, saying, I ' Have been around the block a lot. Unlike him, I'm not from the theater world. And, you know, I came differently and was raised differently. And I come from a culture completely different and environment, he said. And I go into every project giving my best. And if I feel like there are things that need to be sorted out, managed and maintained, then I do. is that simple. So when I read this, like everyone else, I laughed Johnson said. I laughed a lot. We all laughed. And somewhere, I'm sure Fellini is laughing, too. CNN reached out to Diesel reps for comment.