Comic Con 2010: Michelle Rodriguez Is a Big Time Gamer

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Comic Con 2010: Michelle Rodriguez Is a Big Time Gamer

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Michelle Rodriguez, from LOST and Avatar fame, clearly plays a lot of videogames.

Let me begin by saying that I think I'm in love with Michelle Rodriguez. I mean, I've always liked her roles before, but her appearance at a panel promoting Columbia Pictures' Battle: Los Angeles kind of blew me away. You may have seen Rodriguez play Ana Lucia in LOST or the pilot Trudy Chacon from Avatar, but she's appeared in many tough girl roles ever since Girlfight in 2000. She didn't come out and explicitly state that she is gamer, but it was clear from how she described situations and told little stories that she spends a huge part of her time with a controller in hand.

The first clue was when she was talking about the military training she went through to prepare for her role in Battle: Los Angeles, the plot of which follows a marine platoon as it weaves its way through a city invaded by aliens. "I learned how to take apart an MC4 in under a minute. With a pen," she said. "You don't learn that from Modern Warfare."

Later, Rodriguez described her reaction to being screened a forty minute portion of Battle: Los Angeles, which if what we saw at the panel is any indication is very visceral and suspense-filled. "I grabbed an imaginary Xbox controller and tried to move out of the way," she said, mimicking the movement with her hands.

Rodriguez gave props to the director, Jonathan Liebesman, for shooting the movie in such a "first man shooter" style. "I think that there's a lot of influence in our generation from videogames," Liebesman said. "Embedded war footage is very first person so the movie does feel a bit like Modern Warfare, a bit like Halo."

Playing physical roles isn't a problem for her, she said that she gravitates towards characters who use their physicality without losing femininity. But again, her gamerness started to show. "Playing a tech sergeant was the hard part because I had to geek out a bit. I'm used to doing that in my spare time, not when I'm working."

As if Rodriguez's predilection towards geekery wasn't enough to make me fall in love with her, she made me laugh out loud with a gem that I'll remember for a while. An audience member asked whether, despite Rodriguez's reputation for playing a kickass females, she ever thought of playing a role in a romcom or something more dramatic. She responded, "What, you mean like get raped and win an Oscar?"

How can you not love a girl with a mouth like that?

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Only downside is that she's a walking room full of crazy. Been arrested a few times for various petty scuffles.

SimuLord:
Only downside is that she's a walking room full of crazy. Been arrested a few times for various petty scuffles.

Yeah...and she has a nasty tendency to end up dead in her roles. Bit of a downer, really, not usually being alive to see the end of the movie. But hey, who knows, maybe she'll survive this next flick...

Lets face it...she is exactly who we all want to date. She sure is pretty, Got a mouth on her so that will probally be fun, Can game...(+10 points) and lets face it.....we dont really have to defend her. she might kick there ass first before we can get off the chair...AND a good actress. Thumbs up in my book

Prime candidate to be the next ex-Mrs. darkknight9 right there.

The question and the answer in the last paragraph had me in stitches. Never heard of her, I do now and starting to love her already.

Okay, she's hot and she plays games.
I know that shouldn't be impressive, but god damn, it does make her hotter.
Curse my predictable nerdy brain!

SimuLord:
Only downside is that she's a walking room full of crazy. Been arrested a few times for various petty scuffles.

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I think that makes her hotter.

SimuLord:
Only downside is that she's a walking room full of crazy. Been arrested a few times for various petty scuffles.

.. That makes me want her even more, damnit!

God, it's amazing how quickly one newspiece turns everybody horny.

I do like her as an actor, though, and that last line is pretty awesome.

yea...except he is crazy. She will get hammered and mess yo ass up. Her rap sheet might be longer than her filmography.

I've been waiting for that movie since I first saw it on IMDB back in 2009!

i like her
she should play someone in the Mass effect movie i think
the only scheduled Video game movie im looking forward to
maybe Ashley

She's an alright actress, certainly better for game-adaptation films and the like. As for Battle: Los Angeles, I've never heard of it, but an FPS-perspective certainly piques my interest.

I like this chick, she's got a tough attitude, she's hot and she plays games.
It doesn't hurt that she's also an okay actress.

My kind of girl really, shame the odds of us hooking up are very low.

Very much liking this actress. She's attractive, she's got acting chops, she's tough, and she plays video games. What's not to like?

I LOVE YOU MICHELLE! I WANNA HAVE YOUR BABIES! lol. Thats all i can think to say. If i ever become rich and famous i promise to stay connected with the gaming community lol.

unholyavenger13:
i like her
she should play someone in the Mass effect movie i think
the only scheduled Video game movie im looking forward to
maybe Ashley

huh. I actually agree with this, as she'd fit the bill pretty damn well.

OT: I've actually never been THAT big a fan of her acting, as I thought she just seems to play the same person in every movie/show. (just like Will Ferrel). I did like her character in LOST, though, and I could support her playing Ashley in the ME movie. Though if she does-

I've always liked M.Rod, but damn if this doesn't make me want her that little bit more.

I'd get raped and get an Oscar if I had a shot at Michelle Rodriguez. Shes so beautiful, talented, and I do love all of her tough girl roles. She fits them so well, and I admire her dominant, no bull attitude when shes acting. <3

Now if she can prove it by getting a nuke then I will fall madly in love with her, either that or she gets a better K/D ratio than me.

On the plus list : she goes both ways and was photographed kissing Kristanna Loken .

That kinda gives here an additional 12000 points in my book.

Michelle would be one of those people I most want to meet, but I just wouldn't have anything to say when it happened. "Buh buh buh buh...."

SimuLord:
Only downside is that she's a walking room full of crazy. Been arrested a few times for various petty scuffles.

Who doesn't get into petty scuffles these days?

Killerbunny001:
On the plus list : she goes both ways and was photographed kissing Kristanna Loken .

That kinda gives here an additional 12000 points in my book.

Agreed. Remember kids, getting raped and winning an Oscar, has an Irreversible effect.

Heh heh heh...god...yeah...I guess that particular oscar really is in retrospect kind of a guarantee for either chuckles or cringing.

I remember first noticing her in the first Resident Evil movie. Then Avatar was the next time I saw her. Her roles are a nice deviation from the standard, definately, I just wish someone would write a character for her that has her act out a bit more depth beyond the typical attitudes...got a feeling from Avatar that she'd be more than capable of handling it to be honest.

lmao! Hilarious! I can se why now...I think im in love with her too XD

Never new she was such a gamer, thats awesome~ hehe. Can play games and still be successful ^^

Fan'd her on Facebook right after I saw Avatar. I'd never heard of her before, but she caught my attention as Trudy and kept me scanning the big screen for her name in the ending credits.

But, hey, I'll admit I've liked the Vasquez types since I first saw Aliens, and Ms. Rodriguez does them roles well.

Greg Tito:
She responded, "What, you mean like get raped and win an Oscar?"

It would not have surprised me if she stood up and shouted "BAM!" after saying something like that. She does make an interesting point tho.

I feel like watching series 2 of Lost all over again now.

I think this is what you citizens of earth call love. Though i've never heard of her before, imma go google image search now kthxbai!

She IS the most perfect thing God put on this Earth.

....(sighhhh)....

a real life Vasquez?

Actually if they re-made Aliens,she would be a great Pvt Vasquez.

Not a bad actress,but definitely one you wouldn't want to piss off.

There was one role she did live through,that was the remake of S.W.A.T

Ah well, this lady is just A-OK in my book now <3

I had the hots for her ever since her role in Resident Evil, a game turned movie!

Nothing sexier than freshly dead hot chick:
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I can't decide if it's intimidating that she could kick my arse or a turn on.

From wiki:

On December 1, 2005, Rodriguez and her Lost co-star Cynthia Watros were pulled over (separately) and arrested for driving under the influence. Rodriguez pleaded not guilty when arraigned, but on the day of her trial in April 2006, she pleaded guilty to one charge of driving under the influence. She chose to pay a $500 fine and spend five days in jail instead of doing 240 hours of community service.

Hahaha, yeah, she's cuckoo.

While I have absolutely nothing against Ms Rodriguez, I'm not a fan of the type of roles she's cast for. The tough, empowered female character type had become just as cliched and one-dimentional as the weak, passive female character type that was so prevalent before it. These characters spend the entire movie proving how much tougher they are than all the male characters around them and do very little else (I'm sure there are exceptions to this but I can't think of any off the top of my head).

I'm madly in love with her too. I loved her ever since I saw The Fast and the Furious and have been a big, big fan of her ever since.

She also did a marine voice over for Halo 2.

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