Vin Diesel says he and Dwayne Johnson are close ‘in a weird way’ amid reports of professional tension between stars

Vin Diesel says that his relationship with Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is misunderstood, amid new reports of searing tension between the A-list action heroes over professional differences during last summer’s filming of The Fate of the Furious.

Social media spat: Issues between the actors surfaced online last summer when Johnson called out  ‘candy asses’ filming The Fate of the Furious

‘I don’t think the world really realizes how close we are, in a weird way,’ the 49-year-old actor, who’s played Dominic Toretto in the mega-successful street-racing series the past 16 years, told USA Today on Saturday.

Murmurs of problems between the film stars sprouted last summer after the normally-upbeat Johnson, 44, took to Facebook to grouse about his experience filming the forthcoming installment in the action anthology.