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Michelle Rodriguez hints at departure from Fast & Furious over female roles

Michelle Rodriguez

Story by Jack Foley

MICHELLE Rodriguez, aka Letty in the Fast & Furious films, has threatened to leave the franchise over the lack of opportunity for female roles.

In comments posted to Instagram, the actress said: “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.”

She added: “It’s been a good ride & I’m grateful for the opportunity the fans & studio have provided over the years … One Love.”

Rodriguez’s comments follow those she made in an interview with US publication Entertainment Weekly last month in which she said the tone of the Fast & Furious films struggled to allow much opportunity for strong female roles.

She said that she had hoped that as the series progressed, it would evolve out of what she described as a ’90s macho vibe’, but conceded that the film series’ growing popularity in developing markets such as China, where ‘the grand majority of the population are boys’, had made that impossible.

“At the end of the day, what message are we sending out there for women?” she asked. “It does weigh heavy on [me], especially in the male-dominated environment that I work in.”

Rodriguez has appeared in five Fast and Furious films, most recently including the recent eighth film, which did actually introduce two new female characters, played by Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren.

However, Rodriguez herself had limited screen time, and the film in general had a greater focus on male actors such as Vin Diesel, Jason Statham and Dwayne Johnson.

As yet, there has been no official reply from anyone else connected to the film series.

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