Olivia Munn finds little support from 'Predator' peers

Joann Johnston
September 11, 2018

One of the stars of the new movie The Predator, Munn has been in the news quite a bit recently after uncovering the presence of a registered sex offender brought on set controversially by director Shane Black.

"When I called, [Fox] was silent for two days", Munn told Variety. "I now realize that my understanding of the situation was not the full picture and the last thing I want is for Olivia to ever feel abandoned or alone".

"From what I'm experiencing, I think they'd prefer I not show up".

"The support from online and when I walk down the street and random girls say "thank you" and 'you're my hero, ' it just means so much because you kind of need that validation sometimes or you think, 'Am I insane?" The director and Striegel have been friends for over 14 years, and Black has cast him in little parts over the years since his 2010 felony conviction for attempting to lure a 14-year old girl into a relationship online.

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. "I'm sorry you're feeling so isolated, my dear".

She continued, "I found out, and I was really important to me to have the scene deleted".

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Not long after Munn spoke on Saturday, her co-star Sterling K. Brown wrote her an apology for not feeling supported by her fellow cast members.

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). In a statement confirming the scene's removal, Fox had stated they had not been "made aware of Mr Streigel's background when he was hired".

"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.

"I keep pushing forward and keep going knowing that at least you did the right thing, even if you're not getting that support".

Black also apologised to the cast for "having Steve around them without giving them a voice in the decision", though in the interview Munn says she wished he had also reached out to her and the cast privately.

Brown noted that the studio and the rest of the cast was never given a say about working with an actor convicted of a sex crime, since Black never disclosed that information before Striegel appeared in the film. She told reporters it was "disheartening" that she had to work so hard to make the truth known, further noting that "the people on top" are only compelled by the "bottom line", making changes and sidelining abusers only when there is a distinct public outcry.

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