Olivia Munn addresses Predator casting controversy aftermath, Shane Black's apology

11 September, 2018, 03:10 | Author: Donna Miller
  • Shane Black apologises for casting his sex offender friend in The Predator

Just hours before the premiere of The Predator at the Toronto International Film Festival, Twentieth Century Fox said it removed a scene from the film with actor Steven Wilder Striegel after learning he is a registered sex offender.

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In a series of tweets, Munn explained why she continues to promote the fourth installment in the action franchise amid some backlash from her peers. "I do not take any of what has gone on lightly, and I want to speak from the most honest and genuine place possible". "I so appreciate that you 'didn't leave well enough alone, ' and again, I'm sorry you feel isolated in taking action". "Several weeks ago, when the studio learned the details, his one scene in the film was removed within 24 hours".

The Predator, directed by Shane Black, stars Sterling K. Brown, Olivia Munn, Boyd Holbrook (Logan), Trevante Rhodes (Moonlight), Keegan-Michael Key (Keanu), Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones), Thomas Jane (The Expanse), Augusto Aguilera, Jake Busey (From Dusk Ttill Dawn), and Yvonne Strahovski (The Handmaid's Tale).

"I haven't heard from Shane". For "The Predator", Striegel had a three-page scene alongside Olivia Munn, playing a jogger who hits on her repeatedly. "I did see his apology that he put out".

Sterling K. Brown has been the only co-star to address the controversy, tweeting this weekend in a tonally confusing thread, "I'm sorry you're feeling so isolated, my dear".

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Black said in a statement, "Having read this morning's news reports, it has sadly become clear to me that I was misled by a friend I really wanted to believe was telling me the truth when he described the circumstances of his conviction".

The Los Angeles Times has reported that in 2010, the ex-soap actor pled guilty after allegations were raise that he tried to tempt a 14-year-old girl into a physically intimate relationship over the web.

The resulting promo period has, naturally, focused on how both the cast and studio were unaware of Striegel's history, with Black backing out of interviews. His publicist says Sunday that he reached out to Munn privately last week to express his admiration for her.

Addressing the fall out on Saturday, The Newsroom star said: 'It's a very lonely feeling to be sitting here by myself when I should be here with the rest of the cast'. He is also a longtime friend of Black, the film's director.

"Right now the reality is that there will be people who wear Time's Up pins and say they support Time's Up, [but] there will be people in Time's Up who aren't really down with the cause", she said.

However things work out for Black and Munn, you can expect some of this tension to still be in the air by the time The Predator hits U.S. theaters on September 14th.

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