Michelle Rodriguez has defended herself over comments she made in a recent interview about ethnic minorities playing superheroes.
During a talk with TMZ about superhero characters being recast to be played by ethnic minorities over the weekend, Michelle is quoted as saying: “This whole 'minorities in Hollywood' thing … it's so stupid. Stop stealing all the white people's superheroes. Make up your own.”
Her comments come after rumours that Donald Glover will be taking over the role of ‘Spiderman’ from Andrew Garfield, while Gal Gadot will be playing Wonder Woman in the new film ‘Batman vs. Superman’.
Michelle has now taken to her official Facebook page to clarify what she meant by her comments, insisting: “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 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.”
Marvel are currently planning to launch a film adaptation of ‘Black Panther’, the first black superhero in American mainstream comics, who will be played by Chadwick Boseman.
The character will make his debut in ‘Captain America: Civil War’ next year, followed by his own film, slated for release in 2018.