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Michelle Rodriguez under fire for ‘transphobic’ new film role

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Wednesday, September 14, 2016, 10:28 PM

Actress Michelle Rodriguez was looking for a creative new role — but instead she landed a controversial one.

The “Fast & Furious” star shared a snap of her donning a bushy beard for her latest role in the film “(Re)Assignment” — formerly known as “TomBoy A Revengers Tale” — and instantly received backlash on social media for being insensitive to the transgender community.

Rodriguez is starring in the B-film as a male assassin turned into a woman as punishment by an evil doctor played by Sigourney Weaver.

“F–k movies where being trans is contrived as “punishment” for characters who do bad s–t,” one commenter wrote beneath her photo. “This is f–king nasty. Your way of kicking against the status quo is transphobia, which, surprise, is part of the status quo.”

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The actress — famous for her role as Letty in the “Furious” franchise — captioned the post saying she was happy she took the plunge by accepting the part when the industry is “running low on edgy creativity.”

“I never felt more like a woman than when I played a man,” the 38-year-old wrote.

“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,” Rodriguez said.

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.

A photo posted by Michelle Rodriguez (@mrodofficial) on Sep 13, 2016 at 2:28pm PDT

The actress’ feed was then met with accusations that the role was transphobic after she shared more than one photo with her breasts taped down and revealing fake armpit hair.

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“Sorry Michelle, girl you gotta know I love you, but this movie sounds insensitive as f–k to the transgender community. Turning their very real struggle into a fun little tour for you and a cheap shock value movie,” one user wrote.

Another Instagrammer added, “This is the most transphobic s–t I have seen in years.”

Rodriguez addressed the controversy during the film’s premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Tuesday, noting that it was strictly an entertainment piece and is not meant to focus on the psychology or social aspects of the situation.

“This is an action genre film and we’re not trying to get psychological or deep about it, so lay off,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s an entertainment piece. Calm down guys, I’m on your team.”

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