Q MAGAZINE – Michelle Rodriguez who plays Letty Ortiz in the “Fast and Furious” movie franchise said over Instagram that she may quit the movie if the women in the movie aren’t treated fairly.
“I hope they decide to show some love to the women of the franchise on the next one,” Rodriguez posted on her Instagram account, “Or I just might have to say goodbye to a loved franchise.”
She added, “It’s been a good ride and I’m grateful for the opportunity the fans and studio have provided over the years.”
In May, during an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Rodriguez pointed out her differences with the creative team, “I’ve been making movies with Jordana, who plays the sister of Dom Toretto, Vin Diesel’s character, for 16 years and I can count on one hand how many lines I’ve had to her.” She called the situation “pathetic.”
“At the end of the day, the only leverage I have as an individual is my participation,” Rodriguez said.
“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.”
According to Entertainment Weekly, over time, the franchise has introduced more women, including formidable villain Charlize Theron in this year’s “The Fate of the Furious,” but hasn’t done enough.
Rodriguez has been a part of six of the eight “Fast and Furious.” The franchise was launched in 2001 and so far has grossed US$5 billion at the box office.