Michelle Rodriguez May Quit The Fast & Furious Franchise
Posted 2017/06/27 2690 0
Michelle Rodriguez threatens to leave Fast & Furious unless they "show some love to the women".
The actress took to Instagram today to share a photo collage of a few behind-the-scenes snaps alongside a strong message.
"F8 is out digitally today," she wrote. "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 continued, "It's been a good ride & Im grateful for the opportunity the fans & studio have provided over the years... One Love."
The Fast and the Furious movies have always been testosterone-laden and the actress has a point about it seemingly forgetting to expand the role of its female game players. As the movies continue to evolve and the cast continues to grow, the films also start introducing new male characters like Dwayne Johnson’s Luke Hobbs and Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw, who both seems to be groomed to have bigger parts of the saga moving forward.
Over the years, the franchise has added more females to the male-dominated cast, including Gal Gadot, Charlize Theron, and Helen Mirren. But as Rodriguez noted in EW’s recent spotlight on the women of Fast & Furious, that doesn’t necessarily translate to passing the Bechdel test.
“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,” she told EW. “I think that’s pathetic and it’s lack of creativity.”
Jordana Brewster was cut after four films in the wake of Paul Walker's death, while Elsa Pataky's Elena Nives was shot in the head in the last film.
Rodriguez has never shied away from being outspoken over the lack of female representation in the series. In an interview with Australia's Herald Sun earlier this year, she pointed out that "“three girls and 20 dudes is a sausage factory" despite the fact that ticket sales for the series are almost evenly split across gender. Fast & the Furious 9 and 10 have already been confirmed, the first of which is scheduled for release on April 19, 2019, and the second on April 2, 2021.