While appearing on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," the actor had a faux tantrum when host DeGeneres brought up how his "Fast 8" co-star Charlize Theron had described his kissing technique in a scene from the movie as "like a dead fish" when she last visited the show. The scene in question is one in which her character, the villainous Cipher, locks lips with Dominic Toretto (Diesel) to prove he has turned his back on his family. He allows it, but he's not exactly an eager participant.
Still, Diesel offered a glowing review of the kiss to USA Today in early April.
"Do I know she enjoyed it? Oh, my God, yeah," he said. "A kiss cannot lie, lips don't lie. No, they didn't. She OWNED it."
Theron, on the other hand, had a very different description.
"His character is just frozen like a dead fish," DeGeneres quoted her as saying. "He's saying it was the best kiss ever. It was the most psychotic kiss ever. And this whole spiel about how 'lips don't lie' -- I like a little more movement in my men."
Confronted on Tuesday with the news that her lips did lie, Diesel burst out of his chair -- not once but twice -- yelling, "What?!" in mock outrage. He looked to the "Ellen" audience for support, asking, "Do I look like a dead fish?!"
For all his shouting, though, Diesel didn't seem to take the feedback personally. Kissing incompatibility aside, he joked that "you don't come on 'Ellen' ... and compare [him] to a dead fish" because the host starred in "Finding Dory." There's kind of a strange logic in that ... maybe?
Poor Diesel. Maybe he can get his Fast and Furious leading lady Michelle Rodriguez to vouch for his non-fish-like kissing abilities.