Actress Rosie Perez has taken issue with Michelle Rodriguez's controversial comments about diversity in Hollywood's superhero films, insisting the shortage of minority comic book stars is a big problem.

The Fast & Furious star was addressing rumours suggesting she is a frontrunner to play the Green Lantern in an upcoming film during a street chat with Tmz.com on Friday (27Feb15), when she hit out at what she claimed was Hollywood's lack of imagination, urging writers of other cultures to create their own superheroes.

Rodriguez said, "This whole 'minorities in Hollywood' thing... it's so stupid... Stop stealing all the white people's superheroes. Make up your own."

Her comments sparked a backlash among fans online, and she subsequently apologised via Facebook.com, but stated, "I'm just saying that instead of trying to turn a girl character into a guy or instead of trying to turn a white character into a black character or a Latin character, I think the people should stop being lazy, and that people should actually make an effort in Hollywood to develop their own mythology."

Perez tackled the debate during Monday's (02Mar15) episode of her U.S. talk show The View, during which she insisted Rodriguez is wrong to think laziness is at the root of the problem, because publishing executives and Hollywood bosses are the ones to blame for not greenlighting minority-based projects.

The Do The Right Thing star explained, "I love Michelle Rodriguez and I appreciate... her apology, I really do. That said, it is so hard... Minorities are not lazy, we are blocked. There's a big difference. There are writers out there - black, Latin, Asian, Native American - they're trying to create their own stories, whether they are superheroes or not, and they're blocked, and so it's not that easy. A few get in (to the entertainment industry), but not all."