Diversity and inclusion are important to everyone, including the actors.
The Fast and Furious franchise has always been the place to go for big muscle men, big engine cars, and the talk of "family" over and over again. But it wasn't exactly the place for polished female characters.
All of that will change.
During a guest on Wednesday SiriusXM & # 39; s The Jess Cagle ShowMichelle Rodriguez, who plays Letty in most of the series' 9 films, explained why she requested that a writer be hired on the series.
Basically, she was fed up with playing someone with a note.
Rodriguez had had enough of the stories being focused on men, and her male co-stars were given depth and reach while she and the women around her could never flex.
"Much of my need to have a female writer has been more open-minded," she began, adding that she thought male writers preferred "a one-dimensional" female figure.
In a separate interview with Jessica Shaw on SiriusXM's EW Live, she stated, "Guys love their own stories. So it's almost like forgetfulness. And so it's like having to gently remind them from the sidelines for years that you are do you exist, you know? And that you're loud and hardcore and won't take shit off anyone. "
She continued, "All (male writers) focus on the boys, period. It's just a selfish natural thing. People usually only care about themselves or people who look or act like them or the same Having genitals, I attract I don't know. That's just how it works. "
After Rodriguez addressed these issues with the creators, they added an uncredited woman (so far) to flesh out the storylines of the female characters. We don't know who it is, but Rodriguez mentioned that she's also a writer on HBO's Westworld.
"She's a damn great African American who just gets it, she's down to earth, she's urban," Rodriguez said. "You have to understand the multicultural aspect, too. It's hard to have a man from Beverly Hills who might hang out or listen to hip-hop sometimes and think he might know what kind of rapport between the streets is like kids."
"I wanted all of the women in Fast & Furious to get some love," she said.
I think there is a lot to admire here. The first is one of the female characters in a large franchise who has the power to stand up for what she believes in. The second is that the producers listen to her.
Studio films are usually written by one person in the first draft, but the story, concept, polishing, and writing on set is almost always done by a committee. So it's not a problem to include outside perspectives to make things feel more natural.
While the release has been propelled thanks to COVID, rumors of the franchise have spread. When asked about the main element that the film contains a "space", Rodriquez replied as follows:
"Oh, no way. How did you figure that out? See what happens? People start talking behind the scenes, man. If a movie doesn't come out and forgets, things come out. Nobody should know … Oh, well, no, I'm not, I'm not, I'm not lucky enough to get into space, but we got a writer and we showed a lot of love, I think, in this case. Thanks to … Justin Lin. We were able to get a little more attention and love for the girls in the film, so I'm really hopeful that it shows in the end product. "
Hopefully not too much will be spilled beforehand Fast and Furious 9 (F9) will reportedly find its way into theaters next summer.
What do you think of Rodriguez's comments on the writing and the upward direction of the series?
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