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'Minority actors should stop stealing white superhero roles'

SORRY: Actress Michelle Rodriguez

FAST & FURIOUS actress Michelle Rodriguez has apologised after facing criticism for saying minority actors should stop "stealing" white superhero roles.

The 36-year-old Latino actress posted a video on her Facebook page on Saturday (Feb 28) apologising for the remarks which many people online claimed were racist.

On Friday (Feb 27), Rodriguez was asked while leaving a restaurant in LA if she was going to play the comic book superhero the Green Lantern, which has been rumoured online.

"That’s the dumbest thing I've ever heard," she told the reporter.

"I think it's so stupid, because of this whole 'minorities in Hollywood' thing. Its so stupid, stop stealing all the white people’s superheroes. Like, make up your own."

Her comments come after various superheroes have had their ethnicity changed for the big screen, including Nick Fury of the Avengers, played by Samuel L Jackson; Heimdall from the Thor saga, played by Idris Elba; and Michael B Jordan’s take on the Human Torch in the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot.

Marvel is also developing its first lead black superhero in Black Panther, to be played by Get On Up star, Chadwick Boseman.

Over the weekend, the 36-year-old posted a three-minute video saying sorry for sounding "rude and stupid".

"I stuck my foot in my mouth once again. I guess it got taken out of context because a lot of people got offended or whatever," she said.

"I have a tendency to speak without a filter, sorry about that."

The actress, who recently came out as bisexual, said: "What I really meant was that... I think there are many cultures in Hollywood that are not white and that can come up with their own mythology.

"It doesn't matter what culture you come from.

"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 that people should stop being lazy and people should actually make an effort in Hollywood to develop their own mythology."

"It's not about taking Catwoman or Superman or Green Lantern or whatever these characters are and trying to make them fit to whatever cultural background you are. I just feel like it should be more creative than that and I think people need to stop being lazy and that's what I meant by my comment."

Rodriguez's video apology continued: "It’s time to stop trying to take what's already there and try to fit a culture into it, I think it's time to write our own mythology and our own story, every culture.

"That’s what I really meant, and I’m sorry if it came off rude or stupid, its not what I meant,' she concluded.

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