Michelle Rodriguez was caught voicing her opinions that minorities should ‘stop stealing’ white superhero roles, but was left to explain her stand after it got misinterpreted.
The actress, who is rumored to play Green Lantern, commented on the rumor and said it is “stupid” to cast non-white actors to play white superhero roles. She explained: “That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. I think it’s so stupid because of this whole ‘minorities in Hollywood’ thing. Stop stealing all the white people’s superheroes. Make up your own. What’s up with that?”
Aside from rumors of a non-white actor playing Spider-Man and James Bond, Marvel’s Nick Fury has been played by Samuel L. Jackson, while Michael B. Jordan will play Johnny Storm or Human Torch.
When criticized for her opinions, Michelle Rodriguez explained her comments in a Facebook video. She said: “I stuck my foot in my mouth once again. I guess it got taken out of context, because a lot of people got offended or whatever.”
She explained: “What I really meant to say was, there’s a language. The language that you speak in Hollywood is ‘successful franchise.’ And I think there are many cultures in Hollywood that are not white that can come up with their own mythology. It doesn’t matter what culture you come from. I’m just saying that instead of trying to turn a girl character into a guy or instead of trying to turn a white character into a black character or a Latin character, I think that people should stop being lazy and people should actually make an effort in Hollywood to develop their own mythology. The different cultures from around the world that are in Hollywood – Latin, black, Asian, so on and so forth, considered minorities because there aren’t a lot of writers representing them – they should start focusing on making that a serious priority.”
Rodriguez ended her comment by saying: “It’s not about taking Catwoman, or Superman, or Green Lantern or whatever these characters are, and trying to make them fit to whatever cultural background you are. I just feel like it should be more creative than that. I think it’s time to stop trying to take what’s already there and trying to fit a culture into it. I think it’s time to write our own mythology and our own story, every culture. That’s what I meant, so I’m sorry if it came off rude or stupid.”
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