Fast and Furious Star Threatens to Quit Movie Franchise
Is sexism still rampant in the movies? Apparently, Michelle Rodriguez thinks it still does -- especially when you talk about the Fast and Furious films.
The actress complained on Instagram over the movie franchise’s “lack of strong female voices” in the series, even going so far as saying she’ll quit the movie if things don’t change.
"F8 is out digitally today," she wrote in her Instagram photo caption. "I hope they decide to show some love to the women of the franchise on the next one or I just might have to say goodbye to a loved franchise. It's been a good ride & I'm grateful for the opportunity the fans & studio have provided over the years ... One Love."
Despite including heavy female hitters like Gal Gadot, Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren in the movie, she still thinks the franchise focuses too much on male casting. Rodriguez recently told Entertainment Weekly over the movie’s men-dominated script, complaining over lack of opportunities.
“I’ve been making movies with Jordana, who plays the sister of Dom Toretto for 16 years, and I can count on one hand how many lines I’ve had to her,” she told Entertainment Weekly. “I think that’s pathetic, and it's [a> lack of creativity.”
Rodriguez, who describes herself as a "a complete, sheer, utter feminist," thinks women need to be heard more.
"On day one, I [changed> the character from being something that I could not do in front of millions of people into a character that I'm actually proud of, but at the end of the day, what message are we sending out there for women?" she said. "It does weigh heavy on my head -- especially in the male-dominated environment that I work in,” she revealed in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.
She proposed a solution to bridging this gap.
"What I would do is I would have a guy write the franchise because it's a very big, highly-paced, action-adventure ride," she said. "I would have a guy lay that out, but with intentions of leaving slots for female camaraderie. Then, I'd have a girl come in and write out that dialogue because the guys suck at it. I've been rewriting my lines forever. … you know, there aren't a lot of guys out there who really understand that the female voice is independent."
Both Diesel and Rodriguez are the only original cast members left over the entire series. Rodriguez has starred as Letty Ortiz in six of Fast and Furious films over the years, and played a key role as Dominic Loretto’s (Vin Diesel) love interest.