Dwayne Johnson appears to have no regrets about throwing shade at his male co-stars on Fast 8 and calling them “candy asses”.

In an Instagram post in August, Johnson wrote that some of his co-stars “conduct themselves as stand up men and true professionals, while others don’t.”

He then added: “When you watch this movie next April and it seems like I’m not acting in some of these scenes and my blood is legit boiling — you’re right.”

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But speaking to the Los Angeles Times about the incident, Johnson said: “I was very clear with what I said. I’ve been in the game a long time.

“Would Universal [Pictures] have preferred that didn’t happen? Sure, we talked about it,” he continued.

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“The irony is after that and as they do their tracking and all their analysis, the interest shot through the roof to a whole other level.”

The wrestler-turned-actor then added that he learnt in 2008 that he didn't have to try and fit into any mould to be a leading man and all he needed to do was be himself.

“It hit me: I’m not being authentic,” he said.

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“I’m really not being me. I like going to the gym. I like driving my pickup truck and maybe I don’t want to live in Hollywood.

“Maybe I want to live in Florida in the country. Maybe I don’t want to wear a suit. I love wrestling and I love going back and being with the fans even if I don’t wrestle anymore. I’m that guy.”