Though Vin Diesel has been the face and biggest cheerleader of the “Fast and the Furious” franchise since returning to the “family” with 2009’s “Fast & Furious,” fellow franchise star Michelle Rodriguez has now made it clear that her recent comment about possibly leaving if future “Fast” movies don’t “show some love to the women” wasn’t directed towards Diesel.
In a video posted on Diesel’s Instagram, Rodriguez spoke to her longtime costar and clarified her comments.
“Vin, for many years you’ve been the biggest supporter of strong women,” Rodriguez said in the video. “I’ve always appreciated that about you throughout the years… Just know that if I ever post anything, that it’s not you I’m talking to.”
Diesel, who is also a producer on the “Fast” movies, responded by kissing Rodriguez on the forehead and saying, “Of course it’s not me.”
The caption in the Instagram post read: “Proud of Our saga… but we must try to reach higher each time. The challenge is what makes it fun and exciting. It’s also why this saga has reached the level that it has… you have been the best fans in film history and we are forever grateful… Dom and Letty,” the end referring to Diesel and Rodriguez’s character names in the franchise.
The day after Rodriguez posted on Instagram last week that “I hope they decide to show some love to the women of the franchise on the next one. Or I just might have to say goodbye to a loved franchise,” Business Insider spoke to “The Fast and the Furious” director F. Gary Gray, who responded to her comment.
“I thought there was a strong representation of women in the movie when you bring on what I thought was one of the strongest antagonists in Charlize Theron. And then you have Helen Mirren, who has a cameo that’s strong,” Gray told Business Insider. “I can’t speak for Michelle, she has a very specific point of view and I can’t take anything away from that, but I would like to think that with ‘The Fate of the Furious’ specifically, I can’t speak to the other films, I thought the combination of female characters was pretty strong.”
Watch Rodriguez’s comments to Diesel below: