Michelle Rodriguez shockingly revealed why she was almost forced to quit the 'Fast and Furious' franchise.
As the leading-alpha-female lead in the 'Fast and Furious' franchise, Michelle Rodriguez is somewhat of a role model. Known for a bad bitch personality and tough girl attitude, she certainly is one of Hollywood's most outspoken actresses. In a recent interview, the 'Furious 7' actress revealed her personal thoughts on the film industry's treatment of women and the lack of female business leaders in the entertainment industry.
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Criticism of female stereotypical roles
In an interview with NJ.com
, the actress spoke out against the cliches women are usually forced to play in movies and on TV.
Well, I don't know how well-intentioned it was! But you know, here's the thing - I have such a strong sense of self, there are certain lines I just won't cross. I'm really picky about the parts I choose. I can't be the slut. I cannot be just the girlfriend. I can't be the girl who gets empowered because she's been raped. I can't be the girl who gets empowered and then dies.
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As a result, she made a promise not to play stereotypical roles regardless of what happens.
So I just said to myself, look, you're going to just have to create your own archetype, doesn't matter if you go broke doing it. And I almost did go broke, twice! But people finally got it: OK, Michelle is not malleable, you're not going to influence her by shining fame and money at her, and they stopped offering me that sort of stuff. But you know, it's a Catch-22. It's helped me and it's screwed me. I've stuck to my guns and I'm proud and people get it. But I also haven't carried a movie since "Girlfight."
Michelle Rodriguez nearly left the 'Fast and Furious' franchise.
The biggest issue came in 2001. The actress was written in to play a love triangle between Vin Diesel and Paul Walker, to which she hated. For Michelle Rodriguez, this was not the type of character she wanted to be known for, as a result she threatened to quit the franchise.
In an interview with the Daily Beast she explains what happened:
“It was more of a Point Break idea,” she says of the initial Fast and the Furiousstory. “They just followed the format without thinking about the reality of it. Is it realistic for a Latin girl who’s with the alpha-est of the alpha males to cheat on him with the cute boy? I had to put my foot down.”
“I basically cried and said, I’m going to quit and, ‘Don’t sue me, please—I’m sorry, but I can’t do this in front of millions of people,’” she continued. “My whole point in being an actress is that I thought I got to live a dream. And I don’t dream about being a slut! Do you?!”
Thanks to her opinionated attitude producers changed the plot behind the movie.
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