Fast and Furious star, and all round female boss, Michelle Rodriguez, has taken to social media to publicly shame the franchise and the opportunities they present for women. And we love her so much for it.
The actress posted a collage of movie stills from the newly released The Fate of the Furious (the eighth installment in the Fast and the Furious franchise) and captioned it with a piece of her mind.
F8 is out digitally today; I hope they decide to show some love to the women of the franchise in the next one. Or I might just 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.
The Fate of the Furious starred some incredible actresses, including Rodriguez, Nathalie Emmanuel, Helen Mirren, Jordana Brewster, Nathalie Kelley, Charlize Theron and Elsa Pataky – however, their male counterparts (Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Vin Diesel, Tyrese Gibson, Chris Ludacris and Kurt Russell) were given more advanced, and meatier roles.
This isn’t the first time Michelle Rodriguez has called the franchise out on their weak female roles, though. Last month in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, she said her piece.
I’ve been making movies with Jordana, who plays the sister of Dom Toretto [Vin Diesel], for 16 years and I can count on one hand how many lines I’ve had to her. I think that’s pathetic and [shows a] lack of creativity.
Michelle Rodriguez is perhaps one of the strongest female characters in the Fast and the Furious franchise, and stars as the seriously bad*** Letty. Even so, she is always regarded as Dom’s advocate and is never really given her own story, her own part, or her own voice. Her solution to this would be to have more females work on the pre-filming product, to ensure women have their own voice in the movie.
What I would do is I would have a guy write the franchise because it’s a very big, highly-paced, action-adventure ride. 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 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.
This warranted outburst comes just a week after we found out that Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot earned just $300,000 for her leading role in the Wonder Woman movie – and this just heightens the fact that Hollywood need to buck their ideas up and give women the opportunity and equal rights as men!