Why a ‘Fast and Furious’ Cast Member Is Threatening to Walk Away From the Hit Film Franchise

Jun 28, 2017  •  Post A Comment

One of the regulars from the wildly successful “Fast and Furious” feature film franchise is upset with the series over the relatively low profile of its female characters.

Michelle Rodriguez, who has played Letty in the films since the original movie in 2001, put up a post on her Instagram account in connection with the digital release of the eighth franchise film, “The Fate of the Furious.” In it 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. It’s been a good ride & Im grateful for the opportunity the fans & studio have provided over the years.”

The post, which you can see below, includes photos of Rodriguez and others on the set.

Rodriguez spoke out strongly on the issue in an interview last month with Entertainment Weekly, in which she said: “Having girls run around and do a bunch of really cool stuff, that’s great, it’s wonderful, but we never talk to each other. It’s very rare that they even look at each other. I’ve been making movies with Jordana [Brewster], 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.”

She added: “Guys don’t know what girls talk about. They think that girls just sit around talking about guys and it’s a sad truth of men being the dominant writers in Hollywood.”

In the EW interview, Rodriguez also suggested “bringing some more women on the good team, not just bringing an amazing actress to play the bad guy, and having more female camaraderie, having women do things independently outside of what the boys are doing — that is truly the voice of female independence.”


  1. Michelle dear, don’t let the door hit you on the way out. Nobody’s gonna miss you. 🙂

  2. Sir William – I would miss her! She is a fine actor and has made her character an intricate part of the franchise. Her disconnect is that she thinks the franchise is a social platform or perhaps she wants to make it a “chick flick”. This product is intended for a strongly male consumer. It has been hugely successful at doing just that. It has nothing to do with male dominance in writing, the large number of those chick flicks are proof of that. If Michelle is no longer comfortable with very large pay checks for doing the work her employer wants done, then I wish her well on her next project.

  3. Michelle has enough money and contacts to Produce her own action flicks, where women are featured. Wonder Woman and Mad Max have proven the audience is there. Michelle get out front and help get these features made rather than sitting with reporters complaining about how a film with little dialogue, and focused on action, doesn’t give you enough to say.

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