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Michelle Rodriguez Doesn’t Think She’s Done Enough Action Films To Be In A Female Expendables

Oh Really?

When we first heard an all-female Expendables type film was in the worksMichelle Rodriguez was one actress a lot of you said was a must-have. Rodriguez disagrees. She says she doesn’t have enough action film experience under her belt yet to which we say, “ORLY?” 

The actress was recently interviewed by about the possibility of taking on such a role. She replied:

I think it’s impossible right now for somebody like me because there’s so much…you know, [Sylvester] Stallone, Bruce Willis, and Arnold Schwarzenegger…they have 20, 30 movies to look back on and make fun of in their movie Expendables. And that’s what I think Expendables is, it’s like the Tropic Thunder of making fun of what we did. You know, it’s taking a walk in the museum and pointing at things and laughing with an audience that has shared this with you and it’s a beautiful thing. But I don’t think I’ve done enough to go there and look at the museum. I think I need another ten years before I’m ready to make fun of myself.

A very respectful answer to be sure. And yes, if you’re comparing yourself to the illustrious careers of people like Stallone and Schwarzenegger, you’re bound to come up short but that doesn’t mean you don’t have your own impressive resume at 34 years old. Shall we?

  • Girlfight
  • The Fast and the Furious
  • Resident Evil
  • S.W.A.T.
  • BloodRayne
  • Fast & Furious
  • Avatar
  • Machete
  • Battle Los Angeles
  • Resident Evil: Retribution
  • Machete Kills
  • The Fast and the Furious 6

Not all Oscar worthy of course (though you could say the same about the fellas) but that leaves something to make fun of!

There’s still hope if you ask me. We have this all-female Expendables-like film being developed by Adi Shankar’s banner, 1984 Private Defense Contractors, but we also have the director of the last Expendables film showing serious interest in adding women action stars to the next installment of the franchise.

“I like the idea of the Expenda-Belles where it’s seven or eight women mercenaries,” said Simon West. “It would be Angelina JolieCameron DiazMilla Jovovich, the list goes on. Helen MirrenJamie Lee Curtis would be great.”

So what do you think? Does Rodriguez have it right? If so, which female action stars actually have a list long enough to make the cut?

(via Crave Online)

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” ( She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."