One final nail in the coffin: the film's official premiere in New York City. Though present for the event's auxiliary red carpet, The Rock kept clear of the public -- and, as it seemed, from Vin Diesel -- all the way through the afterparty at Manhattan Cruise Terminal.
Meanwhile, Diesel could be seen schmoozing with the rest of his co-stars up until the night's end. He led the show with a pre-movie speech, offering the traditional round of thank-yous for his fellow cast members: "Can I hear it for the family I keep off-screen?" he said, going on to name-check a few of those, "Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese, Ludacris," before switching gears.
When Diesel's speech finally did get around to Johnson, it was only en route to a verbal tribute to Paul Walker, whom the actor regularly calls his brother Pablo: "We have a lot of great talent in this movie, but there would be no Dwayne Johnson, who we love, there would be no Jason Statham, who we love, there would be no Charlize, who we love, there would be no Scott Eastwood, who we love, there would be no Kurt Russell, who we love, if it wasn't for the decades of work that my brother Pablo put into this franchise."