*While many people may be cool with casting people of color to play superheroes that are traditionally white in comic books, Michelle Rodriguez isn’t one of them.
The “Furious 7” star of Puerto Rican extraction weighed in on the trend while talking to TMZ, labeling it as “so stupid.”
“Because of this whole ‘minorities in Hollywood’ thing … it’s so stupid,” Rodriguez said when asked about rumors of her playing Green Lantern in a new film Warner Bros. has for the galactic hero that’s scheduled to come out in 2020. “Stop stealing all the white people’s superheroes. Make up your own.”
Rodriguez’s comments come as diversity in Hollywood has become more apparent in recent years. Superheroes, who were originally created as white characters in comic books, are receiving a different look on movie screen from entertainers of color. Examples include the Fantastic Four’s Human Torch, who will be played by Michael B. Jordan in an upcoming reboot, Nick Fury, who has been portrayed by Samuel L. Jackson and Chadwick Boseman, who recently signed a multi-picture deal with Marvel Studios to play Black Panther.
Amid news of Spider-Man joining the Marvel cinematic universe, talk has surfaced around with whether the web slinger will be his white alter-ego Peter Parker or Miles Morales, the person behind the mask of Marvel’s Ultimate comics version of the hero. Morales is the product of an African-American father and a Puerto Rican mother.
Realizing the backlash surrounding what she said. Rodriguez posted a video on her Facebook page to kinda sorta apologize while explaining the reason behind her remarks.
The actress admitted that she has “a tendency to speak without a filter.” Rodriguez went on to clarify that “there are many cultures in Hollywood that are not white, and they should explore their own mythology…It’s time to stop taking what’s already there and trying to fit a culture into it.”