It was revealed last week that a scene from the new “The Predator” film was removed because it featured a registered sex offender.
Olivia Munn, the only cast members of the film who had to work with the man identified as Steven Wilder Striegel, had alerted Fox that she had performed a scene with an alleged sex offender without her prior knowledge. Striegel was revealed to be a longtime friend of director Shane Black.
In a recent interview at the Toronto International Film Festival, Munn fielded questions by herself, explaining that she decided to alert the studio because she felt it was the right thing to do.
“There are people who get very mad at you for not… just, you know… helping them bury it,” Munn was quoted as saying.
Commenting on the notable absence of her fellow actors in the interview session, she added, “It’s a very lonely feeling to be sitting here by myself when I should be sitting here with the rest of the cast.”
In an article covering the interview, THR explained the context of her apparent solo interview: “Munn did show up to THR’s Video Lounge in Toronto on Saturday afternoon, but instead of doing an interview alongside cast members, Munn was joined only by Tremblay after her fellow actors backed out of scheduled interviews, presumably because of the subject matter of the deleted scene.”
While Black has addressed the issue by releasing a public apology, Munn noted that he has yet to personally communicate with her about it since this story first surfaced. His public apology also failed to address her directly.
“The truth is that the situation that we’re in over the last year or so, the #MeToo movement, it really exists because the people online who are appalled and outraged and demanding that things be changed,” Munn said.
“The people who are at the top, the people colluding to keep abusers in power, the people who are colluding to turn a blind eye so that they can keep making money, they are the people who created this disparity in the first place. We can’t really depend on them to make a change. It’s the people online and people who express their outrage. For some reason, there seem to be people out there who are only motivated by the bottom line. If the fans and public keep expressing that they won’t go support who are abusers or organizations or companies that support that, then that will make them change. Nothing really changes until people see that it will affect them personally.”
After Munn’s interview with THR was published, her “The Predator” co-star Sterling K. Brown took to Twitter to express his support to her.
.@oliviamunn I’m sorry you’re feeling so isolated, my dear. And I’m sorry you’ve been the only one to speak up publicly. I was not at #TIFF so I didn’t have an opportunity to be there with you. There are two main issues as far as I see it. First, what is and is not forgivable?… https://t.co/NQQpoO9kPa
— Sterling K Brown (@SterlingKBrown) September 9, 2018
Keegan-Michael Key, another star of the film, also released a statement to Mashable via a representative explaining his absence in the interview:
“Keegan was never booked to do an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. His last interview was scheduled after lunch, which he completed. He was always departing TIFF early so he could be home to spend the Jewish holiday with his wife. Furthermore, Keegan reached out to Olivia privately last week to let her know how proud he was of her and echoed that sentiment in many interviews since then.”
Responding to a netizen’s tweet on Friday, Munn explained that she’s only promoting the movie at the annual film fest because she’s “contractually obligated” to do so.
I’m contractually obligated. And from what I’m experiencing, I think they’d prefer I not show up. It would make everyone breathe easier. Also, I worked really hard on this film, as did the rest of the cast and crew. Now that the scene is deleted I think audiences will love it. https://t.co/6MZxb4NZfT
— om (@oliviamunn) September 7, 2018
Here’s how the cast responded to questions by Associated Press pertaining to the issue:
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