Michelle Rodriguez gets candid on the possibility of her leaving The Fast and the Furious franchise if it does not start giving equal importance to its female characters. The actress has played the role of Letty Ortiz since the first film in the series, acting as Dominic Toretto’s (Vin Diesel) love interest and part of his ride or die squad. A gifted driver herself, the character has been through a lot in the series including having her memory being wiped and playing one of the bad guys for a time.
Over the course of 18 years of the successful franchise, Rodriguez has appeared in six out of the eight films in the series – including a photo reference to her in 2011’s Fast Five. She is the only remaining original female character from the famed automobile saga if Jordana Brewster’s Mia Toretto continues to be missing in action due to the previously established narrative of her presumably living a normal life with husband Brian O’Connor (Paul Walker).
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Rodriguez’s comments come out on the same day that the most recent installment in the series, Fate of the Furious, gets released digitally. Taking it to her official Instagram account to commemorate the day, she also added that folks behind the films should start shining a bigger spotlight on its female characters or she might just have no choice but to leave the property. In her caption, she wrote: “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”
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.
Characters like Gal Gadot’s Giselle and Nathalie Emmanuel’s Ramsey have been pivotal and even equally interesting as their male counterparts. But with the former already biting the dust in Fast & Furious 6 and the latter seemingly relegated to the sidelines, Letty is really the only remaining lead female character in the franchise.
The introduction of Charlize Theron’s Cipher may be an indication that The Fast and the Furious movies are ready to take in more strong and capable female characters. Despite the villainess being on the other side of the Toretto squad, the fact that she is not a one and done antagonist like her predecessors proves that she is about to play a bigger part in the franchise and maybe its planned spinoffs.
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