"Bitch isn't standing now."
Michelle Rodriguez is the prime example of typecasting done right. Can she play the weepy love interest, the damsel in distress, the quirky romcom pixie girl? Maybe she can, but if she doesn't have a gun in her hand, frankly my dear, I don't give a damn. The thing is, we don't have enough actresses who will play the "masculine roles" just as good as the guys (and occasionally even better). Most actresses these days play eye candy or a guy's version of a kickass woman (also known as...useless eye candy). Rodriguez, however, manages to be easy on the eyes and knocks the guys on their asses every time. She's somehow managed to make it through Hollywood as a attractive woman without getting defined by how good looking she is. For that alone, my hat is off to her. She's short, she's hot as hell, and she can tear you apart with her bare hands. Tiny woman haven't been so badass since Leia Organa. I would say more about her, but I'm starting to salivate. Next question.
Best films: She served up tacos with a side of justice in Machete (2010), she played one of the saving graces in Avatar (2009), kicked ass with the dudes in Resident Evil (2002), and finally revved up some hell in The Fast and the Furious (2001). Lastly, I haven't seen Battle LA (2011), so I've got nothing to say about that one.
Worst films: Blue Crush (2002). Enough said. She also played one of the most irritating characters in Lost (2005-10), so while the show was great for her to be on, the writers just...can't write women for the life of them.
Best moments: Honestly, it's very hard to beat this.
Best quote: "Well, could you really imagine me playing the girlfriend that needs rescuing? Or the girlfriend?"
Upcoming films: Apart for a couple sequels, she's lined up to be alongside Al Pacino in Hands of Stone (2012), a boxing movie (yay, typecasting), and for a movie called Underground Comedy (2011). I'd look forward to seeing her in a comedy, except Rob Schneider's in it and his presence hasn't boded well for the last ten movies he's been in.