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After the eight film in the Fast and the Furious franchise, Michelle Rodriguez has served up an ultimatum: open up this raging testosterone pit and give women better roles in the next film, or I walk.
Rodriguez, who’s portrayed Letty in the films, shared this sentiment during a celebratory Instagram post for the digital release of the Fate of the Furious.
“F8 is out digitally today, 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,” the actor wrote.
Previously, Universal has brought on MMA fighter Ronda Rousey, Charlize Theron, Gal Gadot, and Helen Mirren in its Fast and Furious projects. And while Rodriguez is the most prominent female character in the franchise, followed by Nathalie Emmanuel, Ramsey in the films, the women are still supporting characters for the male characters within the “family.”
Rodriguez had previously spoken about her frustration with the film’s roles for women with Entertainment Weekly.
“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. I think that’s pathetic and it’s lack of creativity,” Rodriguez said.
“At the end of the day, the only leverage I have as an individual is my participation. That’s the only leverage I ever use with anything. It’s like, look, this doesn’t agree with my ethics, morals. My heart doesn’t feel right doing this in front of millions of people, so I can always oblige myself and depart because money, to me, isn’t as important as my lines that you’re not allowed to cross,” she continued.
Samantha Grasso is a former IRL staff writer for the Daily Dot with a reporting emphasis on immigration. Her work has appeared on Los Angeles Magazine, Death And Taxes, Revelist, Texts From Last Night, Austin Monthly, and she has previously contributed to Texas Monthly.