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Michelle Rodriguez apologises for diversity in Hollywood remarks

Actress Michelle Rodriguez has clarified remarks she made last week (ends27Feb15) about the state of Hollywood's superhero films, insisting comments she made in a street video chat with TMZ.com were taken out of context.

The outspoken Fast & Furious star took aim at Hollywood's lack of diversity and imagination when she was asked about rumours she is a frontrunner to play the Green Lantern in an upcoming film during a night out on Friday (27Feb15).


Rodriguez said, "This whole ‘minorities in Hollywood' thing…it's so stupid… Stop stealing all the white people's superheroes. Make up your own."


After her comments sparked a heated debate online, the actress took to Facebook.com the next day and addressed the furor.


She said, "I stuck my foot in my mouth once again and I said that people should stop trying to steal white people's superheroes and I guess it got taken out of context 'cos a lot of people got offended, or whatever... I have a tendency to, like, speak without a filter. Sorry about that.


"What I really meant was that ultimately at the end of the day there's a language and the language that you speak in Hollywood is 'successful franchise' and I think that there are many cultures in Hollywood that are not white that can come up with their own mythology... 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 the people should stop being lazy, and that people should actually make an effort in Hollywood to develop their own mythology.


"I'm considering this while I'm out there coming up with projects to do and things to write. I think it's time for us to write our own mythology and our own story.


"That's what I meant and I'm sorry if that came off rude or stupid."