Last week, news broke that actress Olivia Munn successfully lobbied to cut a scene in which she appeared opposite a convicted sexual offender in the ne Predator move. Hours later, she arrived at the midnight premiere of the film and was joined by many of her male co-stars, including director Shane Black, who after the Los Angeles Times broke the story, said he regretted casting his friend Steven Wilder Striegel. Black released a statement apologizing to “all those, past and present, I’ve let down by having Steve around them without giving them a voice in the decision.”
But Munn says that she has not heard directly from Black, her co-stars or the studio since speaking on the record to the Los Angeles Times about her efforts to have the scene cut, reports Vanity Fair. Munn said the realization that Black had cast Striegel without disclosing his history was “unsettling.” Vanity Fair does report that a source close to the production later clarified that at least one co-star had reached out. Munn also said that many of her co-stars have canceled scheduled interviews with her, and another walked out when the issue of the removed scene came up.
Munn said that at the premiere, her co-stars, including Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, and Keegan-Michael Key—gave Black what appeared to be a standing ovation at the beginning of the film. She also told Vanity Fair that before she decided to give a comment to the Times, she reached out to her co-stars privately so they would not be surprised, and encouraged them to speak up as well.
“I wanted them to not be blindsided the way I was blindsided, and I encouraged them to put out a statement once the Times reached out to us,” Munn said. “I was surprised that none of them did. Again, that’s their prerogative. 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.”
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