Michelle Rodriguez Apologizes for Controversial Comments About Minority Actors in Superhero Films

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Michelle Rodriguez issued a public apology on Facebook after her comments about minority actors in superhero movies: "Stop stealing all the white people's superheroes," she initially said. D Dipasupil/Getty Images

Sorry sooner than later. After making some questionable comments about minority actors to TMZ, Michelle Rodriguez issued a lengthy apology via Facebook on Saturday, Feb. 28, attempting to clarify her intent.

The controversy began on Friday, when Rodriguez was jokingly asked by a TMZ cameraman outside of Hollywood hot spot Katsuya if she would be starring as The Green Lantern.

"That's the dumbest thing I've ever heard," the Furious 7 actress, 36, sniped in response. "Because of this whole 'minorities in Hollywood' thing. It's so stupid. It's like, you know, stop stealing all the white people's superheroes. Make up your own."

Her comments come after multiple minority actors are slated to star as title characters in blockbuster superhero releases, including Michael B. Jordan as Human Torch in the new Fantastic Four reboot, and Chadwick Boseman, who recently signed a multi-movie deal with Marvel.

Naturally, her comments elicited outrage from fans, prompting Rodriguez to issue a public apology on Saturday. Sprawled out on her bed in a selfie video, the actress tried to explain what she had originally intended by her comments.

"I stuck my foot in my mouth — once again," she told fans. "I have a tendency to like, you know, speak without a filter. Sorry about that. What I really meant was… there's a language, and the language that you speak in Hollywood is a successful franchise. I think that there there are many cultures in Hollywood that are not white, and can come up with their own mythology."

Rodriguez noted that regardless of background or ethnicity, her desire for Hollywood was for those in the industry to be original.

"It doesn't matter what culture you come from," she noted. "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, you know, that people should actually make an effort in Hollywood to develop their own mythology."

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