Last week, The Predator star Olivia Munn revealed that the film originally had a convicted sex offender play across her in a scene. The revelation sparked concern and outrage among fans, however, while many would side with Munn in the matter, the studio actually didn’t like Munn’s decision to let the world know that a convicted sex offender was included in the cast.
After letting her castmates know about Steven Wilder Striegel past, the actress was immediately chastised by 20th Century Fox.
Speaking in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres on The Ellen DeGeneres Show this morning (via The Hollywood Reporter), Munn admitted that she was actually reprimanded for coming out with the information to the rest of the cast in The Predator’s production.
“I wanted to give my costars a heads-up so that they wouldn’t be blindsided like I was,” Munn explained. “When I did call my costars, I got chastised the next day by the studio for telling them, and ‘Why am I just not keeping it quiet? It’s all going to be OK. It got deleted. What’s the big deal?’ And I said, ‘Well, it happened.'”
While some of her co-stars like Sterling K. Brown and Boyd Holbrook have shown her support, Munn also notes that most of the other cast have distanced themselves from herself.
“I think that people expected me to be quiet because it’s my movie, but the truth is I don’t care,” the actress reflected. “I don’t care if this movie gave me all the money in the world and all the power. If it cost one person’s life, they can take it.”
Despite all the negativity around her, Munn has continued to voice her opinion on the matter, slamming director Shane Black for including his friend Striegel despite knowing fully well that his friend was convicted after trying to lure a 14-year-old girl into a sexual relationship online. Striegel’s scene with Munn has since been cut from the film.
The Predator is set to release on September 14.