Michelle Rodriguez is in hot water over a photo she posted of herself on Instagram wearing a bushy beard and writing in the caption that it was for the movie, “(Re)Assignment,” about a male assassin who an evil doctor turns into a woman.
Rodriguez wrote that she decided to do the role out of boredom and frustration with the lack of creativity in the movie industry.
“I'm glad I took the plunge, the industry seems to be running low on edgy creativity and 'real take a chance' controversy,” Rodriguez wrote, “sometimes it makes me want to scream, instead I did what I always do when I'm bored with the 'status quo,’ I shot a crazy b movie Indy to express my frustration.”
Many of her“Fast & Furious” fans complimented the photo and her work in the movie, but others found it offensive and “transphobic.”
“Your way of kicking against the status quo is transphobia,” said one person commenting on her Instagram page, “which, surprise, is part of the status quo."
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Heheheh at TIFF promoting 'TomBoy A Revengers Tale' producers are convinced the new movie title should be re-assignment but I'll stick to the title I signed on to shoot... 'Tomboy'. It's in the B Movie genre, a culture shock pic, shot like a 'film Noir' graphic novel. I played a male assassin for four days in the movie, boy was that beard itchy. Then out revenge, a twisted Doctor played by Sigourney Weaver decides to take my character's manhood away with a sex change to teach him a lesson. I never felt more like a woman than when I played a man. For the rest of the film I was a man stuck in a newly operated sex changed body. I had fake boob covers to look like man implants & I wore a fake hairy 'mangina' which you can't really see cause they made it so hairy. In retrospect I'm I glad took the plunge, the industry seems to be running low on edgy creativity & 'real take a chance' controversy, sometimes it makes me want to scream, instead I did what I always do when I'm bored with the 'status quo', I shot crazy b movie Indy to express my frustration. I wish I had more than a few weeks to prepare for this flic, I would have gained a lot more weight, & we would have made some hairy arms to match my Mediterranean look. I feel that my skinny build sometimes comes off hermaphoditic in the film, especially when you add the crazy male chest for the nude sequences. Lol hope y'all will enjoy the flic sometime, when we sell it of course... It's interesting to say the least.
Celebrity gossip columnist Perez Hilton wrote: “We get where she's coming from, but there's a huge difference between creative edginess and exploiting gender reassignment as a plot device for an action flick.”
Rodriguez shot back that she was not being insensitive to the transgender community.
At the movie premier in Toronto this week, she said it was a work of entertainment, not a deep analysis of gender reassignment.
“This is an action genre film and we’re not trying to get psychological or deep about it, so lay off,” she said to The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s an entertainment piece. Calm down guys, I’m on your team."
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