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Michelle Rodriguez Says Minority Actors Should 'Stop Stealing All the White People's Superheroes'

Michelle Rodriguez Says Minority Actors Should 'Stop Stealing All the White People's Superheroes'

Michelle Rodriguez gets ready to grab dinner at The Nice Guy restaurant on Saturday evening (February 28) in West Hollywood, Calif.

The night before, the 36-year-old actress was heard in a TMZ video saying that minority actors should “stop stealing all the white people’s superheroes” and make their own.

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Michelle then clarified her comments on Facebook, saying: “What I really meant was that… I think there are many cultures in Hollywood that are not white and that can come up with their own mythology.”

She continued, saying: “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.”

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  • Seriously

    A Latin character? Are our super heroes coming from Greece now?

  • Benny Ehud

    I think the superheroes belong to the Jewish people who created them and the Jewish-run studios who own the rights to them. They can do with them whatever they want.

  • Bill E. BOBB

    never understood how mexicans co-opted “latin”, they are as latin as I’m am japanese

  • Jay

    Surely the best actor gets the part. The person who can deliver.

  • Lola_coop

    What a dick

  • Amber

    She’s stupid, who cares.

  • Michael Reyes

    She has a good point. The world would erupt if a white person played The Black Panther or Shaft. Changing the race of the super hero is like telling the world this is the cheap version of the hero. Latins and Africa Americans have plenty of their own superheros. Start making movies about them. She always tells it like it is.

  • sydney jane

    Couldn’t agree with her more. And, it’s not just with super heroes. I always thought The Wiz with Diana Ross as Dorothy was a mistake. Same with Annie. There would be an uproar if you took a character from a traditionally black movie and made them white.

  • Katherine Pierce.


  • Cruizin1960

    She is 100% spot on. Changing the race, gender or sexual orientation of established characters just to fit the demand for roles for these sorts of characters is wrong and shows laziness or unoriginality or both. Create new characters and new stories. It is not just superheroes either. I was completely disappointed in the remake of Steel Magnolias…they even used much of the original script…where is the originality? How about About Last Night…HUGE disaster. They want to redo Murder She Wrote with a black female lead…a black Jessica Fletcher in Cabot Cove???? Don’t think so. The Annie reboot – why? Just so that you can employ a black cast? Perhaps, instead of using source material or remaking movies and tv shows just to employ minority casts or altering the sexual orientation of known characters, Hollywood should respect the actors that fill these roles and give them original works that will appeal to the masses. It has been done. Unfortunately, too many in Hollywood are stuck in the “Boys in the Hood” mentality, which does not appeal to the mass public. Shame on Hollywood for putting out this crap and shame on the actors who continue to let them get away with it.

  • devvv

    Considering the fact that Super-Man wasn’t even born on Earth, Spider-Man was bitten by a freaking spider, and 97% of other superheroes have unrealistic powers (flying, super speed, shape shifting, etc.), I’m pretty sure that making them non-white won’t take away from the credibility of the story. It’s pretty odd that everyone feels so strongly about this, yet no one said anything when they released Exodus with an entire cast of white people playing Egyptians. No one told white people to “use their own cultures” when Angelina Jolie played Mariane Pearl or when Jake Gyllenhaal and a slew of non Middle Eastern actors were in Prince of Persia. So, I’d say it’s ok to take COMPLETELY FICTIONAL people and make them Black, Asian, or Hispanic.

  • Lisa

    No. Her and your point does not make any sense. These are superheroes and can be played by anyone. Obviously, a white person cannot play The Black Panther because the character is meant to be black – in his name and in his story. Spiderman or Superman can be played by any race because nothing in the character development says he has to be white. These are fictional characters that can be played by any race unless the character is developed in such a way that only one race can play it like the Black Panther. So please don’t defend stupid points.

  • Guest

    And it’s also promoting racial division. Ok, don’t play this character because this fictional was originally white in comic books. Are we ever going to live in a world where it does not matter what skin color you have?

  • Lisa

    And it’s also promoting racial division. Ok, don’t play this character
    because this fictional was originally white in comic books. Are we ever
    going to live in a world where it does not matter what skin color you

  • Fettabob

    i couldn’t agree more with her. pokember is white. period. ghostbusters are men. period. make your own heroes and stop fucking messing with the old ones!

  • Watcha

    In general latin people are the ones who speak a latin language: italian, french, spanish, portuguese….

  • Watcha

    She is right. People need to stop victimizing themselves and fighting against other people and should start doing their own thing instead of envying others and complaining constantly. You gotta work to have things and not always depend on others to do things for you. People need to take matters into their own hands instead of wanting what others have. If there were more diverse writers and creators there wouldn’t be such a problem. They would have their own material.

  • VanityInsecurity

    She’s spot on! Minorities complain over not getting parts that are probably written for white people, all she is saying is make a part written for yourself as a minority. Changing a character that is beloved from a comic book stand point & make it a minority kind of changes the dynamics of the character. So anyone that is an actor or an artist in general can relate to what she is saying.

  • FerCat

    Her point is that it looses the authenticity of the original. Not to mention giving creators even less reason to create original multi-ethnic characters. Why would they, when they can just swap out ‘colors’ later on? Plus the added burden of comparisons with the original.

  • VanityInsecurity

    Minorities want racial division from whites .. what world are you living in?

  • Penny Dreadful

    She’s got a strong, rational point here.

  • Watcha

    Yes, and changing a character’s setting and dynamic is ignoring what the character is about. If it was the opposite, people would freak out. All cultures have something valuable and interesting to talk about. But some minorities (not everybody) need to be careful in how they react because it sometimes seem like they blame all their problems on another race. It sometimes comes across like they are uninterested in other people and only care about themselves and how “evil” those people are to create something that might not represent them.

  • Anastasia Vasilieva

    Though she has a point, she’s still the same in every movie. Plus, with all this crazy popularity of comic book movies, studios are trying to make money on something that’s safe, that most of the people know. And that’s white superheroes. And they are white because they were created decades ago, when things were different.

  • liz

    You forgot Asian, Middle Eastern, etc. I have never understood why Hollywood only allows Whites, Blacks, and Latinos. They blatantly marginalize all the other groups, and no one does anything about it. There is an actor, I forgot his name, but he was the main character in Life of Pi. He is wildly talented, but he doesn’t get any roles because he is Indian. They basically told him to go back to his home country and try to get famous there. How. Fucking. Retarded.

  • liz

    Nope, too many bigots still living like it’s 1492 :(

  • Legendary Trolly

    Aint no black superheroes. All of the superhero movies are based off of old marvel comics and they keep redoing the same movies over and over. Im black and not offended, but I do appreciate the diversity. I wanna see blacks and whites both in movies they are more successful than a full cast of one or the other.

  • Legendary Trolly

    Please dont give Tyler Perry any ideas. As a black person, I do not want to see him create a superhero

  • Legendary Trolly

    But mostly all movies are traditionally white.

  • sally

    If everyone in the world had the same mind set as you the world would be fucked!! Change is good.

  • sally

    Media is what keeps making things “black and white” . Its so much more than that. EQUALITY is what we are fighting for Equal rights and opportunities for every race! black, white, asian and everything in between. gay, straight, and all that. JUST PLEASE STOP MAKING EVERYTHING ABOUT BLACK AND WHITE!!

  • sally

    How is changing the race saying that its a cheap version of the super hero??

  • sally

    I hope so. Its getting better but you will always have racist from every side… especially on the internet.

  • sally

    Right!!! Hes so fucking talented! and cute!! lol

  • sally

    Who complained??? who’s gonna be in uproar if a black character is played by a white person (or someone non-black) . STOP ASSUMING!!

  • sally

    Whos complaining?

  • sally

    Yasss!!! or even make a male character a women!! Characters should be relate-able to all walks of life!!

  • sally

    No there wouldnt be! stop assuming!!! godddam why are people so……. fucking ….ughhhhh.

  • Unbroken

    Mariane Pearl is not black, she is mixed and quite light.

    Angelina played her, and brilliantly, because Mariane ask her too. It was Mariane who knew and was friend with Angelina that wanted her and suggest her.

    Angelina didn’t even need to use any make-up. Read Michael Winterbottom, Mariane Pearl comments or anyone that worked on the film.

    Egyptians were a mixed race of people. So were Persians.

    Jake Gyllenhaal playing Prince of Persia wouldn’t be wrong.

    I haven’t see the films, but as long as Exodus and Prince of Persia had enough mix of races in it, with Extras and other actors, they would be portraying it right.

    I don’t know why people make such a fuss of this. I see no problem in different races playing other races.

  • devvv

    The problem is Hollywood whitewashes. There are Egyptian and Middle Eastern actors struggling for jobs, while there’s never been, nor will there ever be a lack of white people in movies. Dusting white people in brown makeup when there are actual brown people promotes the idea of racial inferiority. It tells them that someone who isn’t a member of a certain race or ethnicity is more deserving of the job than they are. And Angelina did need makeup and curly hair. It’s not about the portrayal or the performance, it’s the principal.

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  • Joker

    Angelina did a lame job as Mariane Pearl. Her accent wasn’t right at all, she doesn’t have a good ear for other languages and accents. All she did was put on a wig, some lenses and some dark makeup on her skin to look different but the performance itself lacked real depth. It wasn’t believable, she’s too self conscious.

  • Joker

    Really well said. There is always a luck factor for some people but I do agree that you have to work hard and create things for yourself as well. I also think some people in Hollywood are underserving of their status and opportunities and other more talented people stay in the shadow. Michelle did a good thing by voicing her opinion.

  • Jon M’Shulla

    Studio execs only care about cash. They do not care about diversity. If they did they would use diverse characters or create new ones. But, they do not.

    Race change makes race war. Race war makes controversy and talk. Talk makes money.That is what studios want.

  • Jon M’Shulla

    Boycott the Fantastic Four film!

  • smokeskater

    I wholly agree. I’ve been trying to tell my friends this for the longest. Minorities should be tired of complaining and begging these white Hollywood producers to have a role in these superhero movies and then get stiffed to the sidekick or insiginficant role. If we want to be the main attraction, we need to build ourselves up and construct our own superhero flicks. It can be done if we try, but we’re too busy trying to convince others who really either don’t care or just do not want to do it. We won’t have this particular problem when we start our own; this specific problem will be eliminated and we can began to construct models, story lines, electronics and marketing plans for our own use.

  • 55vineyard

    Yawn, can already see this discussion going south with a lot of racial talk, and since I am tired, I am going to bed rather than finish reading the comments. Good night all.

  • Sprite

    Over 7000 marvel characters, more than 330 million Hindu Dieties, then with many Western and Eastern mythology influences there’s a market to play to such as American Mythos, Central American Mythos.
    I felt the modern heroines on the shelf in ‘Area 52′ were half clad and way too mysterious, although misses some of my fav’s from my youth it’s difficult to compete with Lynda Carter in a banned Wonder Woman photo shoot. Marvelously they combine feminism and women’s liberation within just an acceptable tolerable decent society.

  • Guest

    They wished to be…

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