To date, the “Fast and the Furious” franchise has grossed more than $4 billion worldwide, and it’s not planning on pumping the brakes anytime soon. Throughout the years, the series has been led by make actors like Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, and The Rock. However, it’s because of that “male-dominated environment” that Michelle Rodriguez has had to fight to make sure her character, Letty Ortiz, always stay true to her roots and receives the respect she deserves, both onscreen and off.
Earlier this week, Rodriguez said she’s considering leaving the franchise if they don’t address a gender issue.
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. It's been a good ride & Im grateful for the opportunity the fans & studio have provided over the years… One Love ??❤️???✨???
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On Instagram, Rodriguez reminded fans about the digital release of “F8.” She also used the Instagram post to speak out about the role women have played in the series, saying:
“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.”
Though the series has added female characters to its roster, Rodriguez feels they haven’t been utilized to their full potential.
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The cast has recently added female stars to the cast, like Gal Gadot, Helen Mirren, and Charlize Theron, but Rodriguez isn’t satisfied with their portrayal in the series. As she told 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 understands how important it is to fight for respect and truth.
To lay rest to this whole anger about the screen writing of Fast please don't get mad at me a team of men write this stuff I fix what I can
— Michelle Rodriguez (@MRodOfficial) June 9, 2017
In the past, she’s been very public about butting heads with the “team of men” who write the scripts.
More important, she understands how important it is to fight for what’s true to her character, Letty Ortiz.
Rodriguez knows her character well, which is why she always has Letty’s back when it comes to her portrayal. She credits her time in Jersey City as one of the main reasons for this. Rodriguez told EW, “I grew up in a pretty rough environment and I knew what it was like, so every time I posed an argument, it was a logical one and people were really cool about it afterward.”
For Rodriguez, staying true to her character is more important than the paycheck.
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Rodriguez told EW that if her “heart doesn’t feel right” playing the character, she will leave, “because money, to me, isn’t as important as my lines that you’re not allowed to cross.”
Or, as Letty Ortiz might say:
“If the boys are fighting and you’re a ride or die bitch, you’re gonna get down, so I need to hit somebody. Whether I fall down or get beat up, I don’t care, but I am gonna go down swinging because that’s what women in this environment do and if we’re trying to keep it real then, you know.”