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Michelle Rodriguez threatens to leave Fast & Furious franchise

06.28.2017

The monster success of the FAST & FURIOUS franchise is probably one of the most inexplicable in movie history. It's even more amazing when you consider how the film series we see today didn't coalesce until, like, the fifth one. Even if you enjoy the earlier films (with the first one coming out in 2001) they are pretty different in tone and scale. Hell, Paul Walker and Vin Diesel didn't even share the screen together again until the fourth one.

But with a long-running series like this, you're not only adding new blood (like The Rock and Jason Statham), but also possibly losing old friends (like Paul Walker). Another one might bite the dust, however, if this Instagram post from Michelle Rodriguez is anything to go by:

She says:

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. It's been a good ride & Im grateful for the opportunity the fans & studio have provided over the years...One Love

I personally can see where she's coming from. While I actually think Rodriguez's character is pretty strong overall, and Charlize Theron's character was definitely a cool villain, the only other female heroines in the last film were a redundant hacker and a fridged girlfriend. And even Rodriguez isn't given much to do plot-wise.

And this isn't even the first time social media was used to fuel grudges, as seen earlier with the same movie when The Rock went on a tirade about a "candy-ass" co-star that turned out to be a big beef between him and Vin Diesel. I myself am not a huge fan of this franchise, but I know many friends who are, so I hope this gets sorted out for their sake.

Meanwhile FAST 9 (probably will have a different title than that upon release) is penciled in for April 19th, 2019

Extra Tidbit: So what's everyone's ranking of the FAST & FURIOUS films?
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6:21PM on 06/30/2017
Remind me again what Michelle has been in recently besides the FF movies? The Smurfs movie? Sometimes you've got to be careful of what hands you nip at when you bark.
Remind me again what Michelle has been in recently besides the FF movies? The Smurfs movie? Sometimes you've got to be careful of what hands you nip at when you bark.
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12:21PM on 06/29/2017

If only celebrities took Economics

Understanding supply and demand would solve so many problems in the movie industry. When Michelle brings the box office receipts that Vin and The Rock do, she can get the same amount of screentime. What utter delusions of grandeur.
Understanding supply and demand would solve so many problems in the movie industry. When Michelle brings the box office receipts that Vin and The Rock do, she can get the same amount of screentime. What utter delusions of grandeur.
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10:14PM on 06/28/2017
really not sure what shes bitching about,shes starred now as the main villain in one of the fast films,shes had probably one of the best woman fight scenes in movies in general with ronda rousey and shes somehow complaining that women arnt getting enough love? like seriously michelles getting more screen time than both Tyrese and luda what the hell are you bitching about? hell charlyse theron was the main villain in the last one so if that's truly how she feels then send her ass packing because
really not sure what shes bitching about,shes starred now as the main villain in one of the fast films,shes had probably one of the best woman fight scenes in movies in general with ronda rousey and shes somehow complaining that women arnt getting enough love? like seriously michelles getting more screen time than both Tyrese and luda what the hell are you bitching about? hell charlyse theron was the main villain in the last one so if that's truly how she feels then send her ass packing because theres tons of women that can benefit from her absence like gal gadow whose now a breakout star.....
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10:44PM on 06/28/2017
I'm guessing female actresses are getting paid less than male actors in FF franchise.
I'm guessing female actresses are getting paid less than male actors in FF franchise.
9:54PM on 06/28/2017
Good and take Vin Diesel with her. They're both boring and stale. The Rock and Jason Statham are the stars now.
Good and take Vin Diesel with her. They're both boring and stale. The Rock and Jason Statham are the stars now.
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10:02PM on 06/28/2017
Or even kill off Dominic Toretto at this point.
Or even kill off Dominic Toretto at this point.
9:46PM on 06/28/2017
Fine. Leave. Her character means nothing to the story anyway.
Fine. Leave. Her character means nothing to the story anyway.
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8:54PM on 06/28/2017

yawn

Generic "always play the ultra tough chick" Michelle is upset that she doesn't get enough screen time. She's the most one-note actress in Hollywood. Losing her from these movies is no big loss at all.
Generic "always play the ultra tough chick" Michelle is upset that she doesn't get enough screen time. She's the most one-note actress in Hollywood. Losing her from these movies is no big loss at all.
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8:04PM on 06/28/2017
Good; time to ditch her and Diesel, they're the most wooden and least interesting characters in the series now. Write them out of it, some shit about raising his kid yadda yadda, and focus on the Rock, Statham, Luda and Tyrese (ok and the cute hacker chick) working with Russell and Mirren to hunt Theron down (maybe after she takes Luke Evans out?).
Good; time to ditch her and Diesel, they're the most wooden and least interesting characters in the series now. Write them out of it, some shit about raising his kid yadda yadda, and focus on the Rock, Statham, Luda and Tyrese (ok and the cute hacker chick) working with Russell and Mirren to hunt Theron down (maybe after she takes Luke Evans out?).
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8:20PM on 06/28/2017
I was thinking the same thing.
Of course I want everyone to be paid fairly, but just personally, I completely agree. The new cast members make the series tolerable. Dwane Johnson and Statham alone made the franchise better.
I was thinking the same thing.
Of course I want everyone to be paid fairly, but just personally, I completely agree. The new cast members make the series tolerable. Dwane Johnson and Statham alone made the franchise better.
7:53PM on 06/28/2017

Boooooo Wendy Testaburger!

I want things to be fair but my spidey sense says don't let the door hit you in the butt on the way out. It is your meal ticket Michelle.....
I want things to be fair but my spidey sense says don't let the door hit you in the butt on the way out. It is your meal ticket Michelle.....
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6:36PM on 06/28/2017
I like Michelle Rodriguez; but her character really won't be missed, just give her amnesia again and call it a day. I don't fault her if she is being treated unfairly due to her gender.
I like Michelle Rodriguez; but her character really won't be missed, just give her amnesia again and call it a day. I don't fault her if she is being treated unfairly due to her gender.
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5:23PM on 06/28/2017
Give me a break
Give me a break
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5:21PM on 06/28/2017
Well... she knows how to get out of contracts early. All she needs to do is get more DUI's.
Well... she knows how to get out of contracts early. All she needs to do is get more DUI's.
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5:17PM on 06/28/2017

ugh

So they want to femanize racing movies now too? Oceans 11 female cast.....thats not the only remake coming either. Give. Me. A.Break.
So they want to femanize racing movies now too? Oceans 11 female cast.....thats not the only remake coming either. Give. Me. A.Break.
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5:16PM on 06/28/2017
Or you know, seeing how she plugged the digital release at the beginning, itís just a current hot topic she just raised to bring attention to the dvd release.
Or you know, seeing how she plugged the digital release at the beginning, itís just a current hot topic she just raised to bring attention to the dvd release.
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4:45PM on 06/28/2017
Yeah I can see where she is coming from pay wise if she isnít payed welll. But I also think these things should get settled behind the scenes. Whatever sheís payed, itís probably not worth losing by going public.
Tact baby.
Yeah I can see where she is coming from pay wise if she isnít payed welll. But I also think these things should get settled behind the scenes. Whatever sheís payed, itís probably not worth losing by going public.
Tact baby.
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4:27PM on 06/28/2017

By show the women some love she means...

Pay the women more of course, which I think is a valid request. Give em what they deserve!
Pay the women more of course, which I think is a valid request. Give em what they deserve!
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5:00PM on 06/28/2017
If it is about pay, I totally agree. The last three movies she has been involved in she has put her body through some shit, I don't think it's unreasonable for her (or any of the main cast that isn't Diesel) to ask for more money. These movies have made Universal a shit ton of money, they need to pony up.
If it is about pay, I totally agree. The last three movies she has been involved in she has put her body through some shit, I don't think it's unreasonable for her (or any of the main cast that isn't Diesel) to ask for more money. These movies have made Universal a shit ton of money, they need to pony up.
5:40PM on 06/28/2017
Maybe, maybe not. She's also not getting any younger. She might be entitled to a bit more, a raise if you will, but if she demands too much, they'll just replace her with the hottest newest thing in battle babes.

Ultimately though, everyone is replaceable.
Maybe, maybe not. She's also not getting any younger. She might be entitled to a bit more, a raise if you will, but if she demands too much, they'll just replace her with the hottest newest thing in battle babes.

Ultimately though, everyone is replaceable.
4:09PM on 06/28/2017

Can't everyone just leave it behind already???

Flippin horrible movies. Maybe 3 of them are any good.
Flippin horrible movies. Maybe 3 of them are any good.
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3:25PM on 06/28/2017
Where is she coming from?
Where is she coming from?
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2:50PM on 06/28/2017

GOOBERS

YEAH YOU TELL EM MICHELLE. AS IF A CONSISTENT SUPPORTING ROLE - EVEN TO THE POINT OF RESURRECTION - IN ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL MOVIE FRANCHISES OF ALL TIME WERE REALLY ENOUGH TO SATIATE US. BURN IT DOWWWWWWN
YEAH YOU TELL EM MICHELLE. AS IF A CONSISTENT SUPPORTING ROLE - EVEN TO THE POINT OF RESURRECTION - IN ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL MOVIE FRANCHISES OF ALL TIME WERE REALLY ENOUGH TO SATIATE US. BURN IT DOWWWWWWN
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2:34PM on 06/28/2017
I think I get it a little bit. Haven't seen F8 yet, but generally, while there are strong women in the franchise, with the exception of Rodriguez and Gadot, (and Pataky in F5) they are generally relegated to arm candy. The franchise has always been pretty bro-centric. This might have a little bit to do with Michelle wanting to move beyond it, too.
I think I get it a little bit. Haven't seen F8 yet, but generally, while there are strong women in the franchise, with the exception of Rodriguez and Gadot, (and Pataky in F5) they are generally relegated to arm candy. The franchise has always been pretty bro-centric. This might have a little bit to do with Michelle wanting to move beyond it, too.
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1:48PM on 06/28/2017
wtf is this? Gal Gadot, Gina Carano, Elsa Pataky, Jordana Brewster,Ronda Rousey, Nathalie Emmanuelle, Clara Paget, Eva Mendes, ALL ACTRESSES that portray physically strong or strong personalities. Not quite sure what you are asking for them to do? The most racially and sex diverse movie franchise.
wtf is this? Gal Gadot, Gina Carano, Elsa Pataky, Jordana Brewster,Ronda Rousey, Nathalie Emmanuelle, Clara Paget, Eva Mendes, ALL ACTRESSES that portray physically strong or strong personalities. Not quite sure what you are asking for them to do? The most racially and sex diverse movie franchise.
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2:08PM on 06/28/2017
also Charlize theron playing the big bad guy and Helen Mirren who can make Jason Statham look like a little bitch in his own movie.
also Charlize theron playing the big bad guy and Helen Mirren who can make Jason Statham look like a little bitch in his own movie.
2:28PM on 06/28/2017
I feel like you've missed the point of her post. It's not that there have been NO female characters in these movies, it's the lack of attention or character development paid to these characters that is her problem:
- Gal Gadot was nothing more than the sexy assistant in Fast 4 and then served as Han's love interest in 5 and 6.
- Gina Carano was a forgettable henchmen. She barely had a character arc if you count her "switching sides out of nowhere" at the end of the 6th movie. And I think
I feel like you've missed the point of her post. It's not that there have been NO female characters in these movies, it's the lack of attention or character development paid to these characters that is her problem:
- Gal Gadot was nothing more than the sexy assistant in Fast 4 and then served as Han's love interest in 5 and 6.
- Gina Carano was a forgettable henchmen. She barely had a character arc if you count her "switching sides out of nowhere" at the end of the 6th movie. And I think she had like less than a minute of dialogue in the entire movie.
- Elsa Pataky, can barely remember her ever being in these movies.
- Jordana Brewster, has only ever served as Paul Walker's love interest. With him gone, she's been written out of the movies. What does that say about her importance to the overall franchise.
- Rhonda Rousey was just a glorified cameo. She had one fight scene and that was it. Aside from an action scene, she's served no purpose to these movies.
- Nathalie Emmanuelle, she might be the only example that's justified. She was pretty important in Fast 7. Haven't seen Fast 8 so can't comment on her involvement.
- Clara Paget, again she was playing a sidekick. She barely had a character arc, even if she did have a background. But was her major contribution to Fast 5 or any movie beyond that?
- Eva Mendes, was in the second movie. More or less eye candy and just served as a damsel in distress so not really a "strong" female character.

So to her point, the women in these movies are not paid nearly enough attention as the men. Overall, I could care less since I'm not watching these movies for female empowerment. But still, her point is valid.
2:41PM on 06/28/2017
@ MickLoud, that was a better break-down of her argument than I gave. I actually think Gadot, while not much in Fast and Furious, was a pretty cool character in Fast Five and Fast Six.
@ MickLoud, that was a better break-down of her argument than I gave. I actually think Gadot, while not much in Fast and Furious, was a pretty cool character in Fast Five and Fast Six.
3:45PM on 06/28/2017
-Gal Gadot had a character transition where she realized what she was doing was wrong and switched teams and started working for the good guys culminating in a relationship budding between her and Han to the point where she died for him and the team.

-Carano was not a forgettable henchman, she worked and was able to hang with "the boys" aka the ROCK and keep up with the team.

-Elsa Pataky is way more interesting as a character who took upt he mantle of becoming a cop after her husband was
-Gal Gadot had a character transition where she realized what she was doing was wrong and switched teams and started working for the good guys culminating in a relationship budding between her and Han to the point where she died for him and the team.

-Carano was not a forgettable henchman, she worked and was able to hang with "the boys" aka the ROCK and keep up with the team.

-Elsa Pataky is way more interesting as a character who took upt he mantle of becoming a cop after her husband was brutally murdered by the corrupt Govt and police that she ended up working for. She struck up a relationship with Dom and gave him a kid and her character arc was the CRUX of Fast 8.

-Jordana Brewster has not just been a love interest for Brian. In the first one she is the human anchor to Doms character and of course theres gonna be a love relationship. Its a classic archetype. And yes its unfortunate that her character was written out but unfortuantely with her having a kid with brian and paul walker being dead, its the only logical course of action for her character arc to have been wrapped up and leaving the series alongside Brian.

-Ronda Rousey, ya sure glorified cameo, but it could have been a guy.

-Nathalie Emmanuelle, like you said. Justified

-Clara PAget, ok so shes a sidekick. Guess what, so is Tyrese, so is LUDA. But damn she kicked Brians ass in the london tunnel and is way more intimidating than alot of side characters.

-Eva Mendes was in the 2nd movie AND the 5th and was given an offer to reprise her role which she declined. In the end she was taken hostage, but she wasn't the reason the boys went after Carter Verone, she was just an added incentive.

You are making excuses to support your argument but the truth is, this is a GUY franchise but the women have been easily given their dues. You are acting like Dom, Brian, Tyrese and everyone else are these Shakespearean quality written characters compared to the women. Give me a break.
1:46PM on 06/28/2017
Good. Hopefully she takes everyone else along with her so this series can finally end already.
Good. Hopefully she takes everyone else along with her so this series can finally end already.
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1:49PM on 06/28/2017
oh shut up. We get it you hate this franchise yet you make a point to spend your time commenting on every article about it. GTFO
oh shut up. We get it you hate this franchise yet you make a point to spend your time commenting on every article about it. GTFO
1:53PM on 06/28/2017
Ugh, I know, making movies that are not specifically tailored for you and your love of Bradley cooper is the worst!
Ugh, I know, making movies that are not specifically tailored for you and your love of Bradley cooper is the worst!
7:32PM on 06/28/2017
ConMan - you sound like a real hypocrite. Why blast the Soloist for regularly posting that he doesn't like this series, when you regularly post that you don't like the Soloist or his opinions? It's like you seek out his comments just to find things on which to call him out. It's gotten very old and makes you seem like a pathetic little snowflake.
ConMan - you sound like a real hypocrite. Why blast the Soloist for regularly posting that he doesn't like this series, when you regularly post that you don't like the Soloist or his opinions? It's like you seek out his comments just to find things on which to call him out. It's gotten very old and makes you seem like a pathetic little snowflake.
8:26PM on 06/28/2017
tell ya what mate. Find a post of mine in the last 6 months that even blasts the soloist and then come back to me. Good day
tell ya what mate. Find a post of mine in the last 6 months that even blasts the soloist and then come back to me. Good day
9:55PM on 06/28/2017
"I haven't been an unnecessary prick in awhile so I'm entitled to be one now." Classic ConMan.
"I haven't been an unnecessary prick in awhile so I'm entitled to be one now." Classic ConMan.
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1:30PM on 06/28/2017
sounds to me like "show love to the women" means "pay me more"
sounds to me like "show love to the women" means "pay me more"
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1:37PM on 06/28/2017
You're probably right.
You're probably right.
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1:21PM on 06/28/2017
Good! Her character is the worst thing in this series. They never should've resurrected her character.
Good! Her character is the worst thing in this series. They never should've resurrected her character.
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1:20PM on 06/28/2017

to the writer

"but also possibly losing old friends (like Paul Walker). Another one might bite the dust"

You can do better than this "Damion"
"but also possibly losing old friends (like Paul Walker). Another one might bite the dust"

You can do better than this "Damion"
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1:56PM on 06/28/2017
can he?
can he?
1:09PM on 06/28/2017
The success of this franchise has to be one of the Universe's greatest mysteries. I saw the first one, and thought it was okay. But honestly, I don't really understand how a drag racing movie warranted 8 big budget sequels. Weird and interesting stuff.
The success of this franchise has to be one of the Universe's greatest mysteries. I saw the first one, and thought it was okay. But honestly, I don't really understand how a drag racing movie warranted 8 big budget sequels. Weird and interesting stuff.
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1:20PM on 06/28/2017
I work in an office full of working mothers, they could care less about film, like at all. They don't know anything about movies, directors, most actors. And yet, every time a new Fast film is coming out, they lose their shit and become beyond excited...
I work in an office full of working mothers, they could care less about film, like at all. They don't know anything about movies, directors, most actors. And yet, every time a new Fast film is coming out, they lose their shit and become beyond excited...
1:57PM on 06/28/2017
Not really, they are crazy, fun movies; not that confusing
Not really, they are crazy, fun movies; not that confusing
4:39PM on 06/28/2017
Maybe they just speak to a younger generation, and I've missed the boat.
Maybe they just speak to a younger generation, and I've missed the boat.
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