Back in October 2007 Michelle Rodriguez was sentenced to 180 days in jail after failing to complete her community service for a previous drink driving incident. This occurred when Avatar was busy filming in New Zealand and schedules had to be shifted to enable her to film her scenes before going to jail. This would no doubt have been embarrassing for her, as it would for anyone who is responsible for schedule rearrangements on a big film. While on the rounds for Fast and Furious Rodriguez spoke about her admiration for director James Cameron for hiring her, and described some footage she has seen.
Q: Are you looking forward to being in one of the most anticipated films of the year and can you talk a little bit about the expectations that go with that?
Michelle Rodriguez: Me? You know what? I’d serve James Cameron coffee every day for four years and I would consider that college. I don’t give a rat’s ass how people receive whatever we did. I am just incredibly honored to have been seen by him and for him to like keep me in mind for a project that he’s had for the last, what, eight years? To call me up and say, “Hey, I want you to be a part of this,” no matter what anybody says, because everybody was talking so much schmack about me, and it’s so hard to get a job when all these people are talking shit about you in the press, just because you’re growing up. You know, I used to poop in my pants too, and I learned how to use the bathroom eventually. People were so hard on me, so it’s really important for me to have individuals that get it, that know, that can see in my eyes or see me on screen and know what I’m capable of and not be scared to hire me because of some commercial hoopla that people are saying. That was very important.
Q: Have you seen the footage and how does it look?
Michelle Rodriguez: …with this technology that he’s got, you just go there and you see what you’re interacting with right there because it’s a mixture of live 3D footage, the props on the set, and the virtual world that he spent God knows how long creating. It’s f*cking amazing. It’s hardcore. I can’t even imagine anything bigger.
In Avatar Michelle Rodriguez plays a retired Marine pilot. James Cameron had wanted to work with Rodriguez since he saw her in Girlfight in 2000.