8. Rodriguez was also not happy with Letty Ortiz’s first role, which had her more like a sexy one-note Latina girlfriend and a love triangle between her, Dom and Brian.
“It was a reality check for them to realize that the streets don’t work like that,” Rodriguez said. told EW for an oral history in 2021 from the movie. “You don’t just hang out with a guy because he’s hot. There’s a hierarchy there. Can that hot guy get beat up by who you’re dating? If he can do that, you don’t date him because why would you want to lose the hierarchy? To keep it real, I had to teach them, “I know you guys like Hollywood and all, but if you want it to be realistic, this is how it really works, and I I’m not going to be a slut to millions of people, so you’re going to lose me if you don’t change this.’ And they got that.”
As Brewster appreciatively recalled, “When Michelle read her part, she thought, ‘No, I’m not playing that.’ And then she completely changed it. It went from being a trophy girlfriend to this really layered character.”
Walker told E! News from his co-star, who appeared in her second film ever after her breakout in girls fight“Michelle Rodriguez probably plays one of the toughest characters you’ve ever seen in a movie. From taking out a guy to some of those driving scenes, she’s just a tough, really cool character.”
Looking back at the input she’s had in the franchise over the years, Rodriguez shared: Weekly entertainment in 2017: “Ultimately, the only influence I have as an individual is my participation. That’s the only influence I’ve ever used with anything. It’s like, look, this doesn’t match my ethics, morals. My my heart It doesn’t feel right to do this in front of millions of people, so I can always commit myself and leave because money isn’t as important to me as my rules that you can’t break.”