There was a whole lot of controversy surrounding Shane Black’s The Predator when actress Olivia Munn revealed that she was made to share a scene with a convicted sex offender in the movie. The sex offender Steven Wilder Striegel was Black’s friend, and the director decided to help the actor out by giving him a role in the movie.
After Munn revealed Striegel’s history, 20th Century Fox decided to delete the scene that she shared with the actor. However, while the studio decided to take repercussions against the scandal, Black defended his decision to cast Striegel in the film. According to the filmmaker he understood that others would disapprove of his decision, however, he just really wanted to help a friend who was “caught up in a bad situation versus something lecherous.”
Now, with the scandal ballooning, Black has decided to apologize for giving his friend a part in the film, saying that he takes “full responsibility” over the ramifications of adding a registered sex offender in his film.
It’s a pretty emotional apology. Check it out down here:
Not only does the director admit that he was irresponsible by adding Striegel to the movie, he also says that he failed and caused pain to the other members of the cast and recognizes how unacceptable it was.
Though it seems like the apology came a little bit late, we’re glad to hear Black admitting that he was wrong for casting Striegel and that he takes “full responsibility” over his mistake. Hopefully, this clears out the cloud hanging over The Predator.
The Predator hits cinemas this Friday, September 14, 2018.