Olivia Munn attended the world premiere of Shane Black’s “The Predator” at the Toronto International Film Festival just hours after the Los Angeles Times broke the news the director had originally cast a registered sex offender in the film. Munn discovered one of her scene partners, actor Steven Wilder Striegel, was a sex offender on August 15 and reported the discovery to 20th Century Fox. The studio made the quick decision to remove the actor’s scenes from the film.
While Munn did not engage in interviews with reporters on the “Predator” red carpet, she did pose for photographs and engage with and sign autographs for fans. When a Twitter user questioned her decision to appear at a promotional event for the movie despite the sex offender casting revelation, Munn explained she’s doing so for two reasons.
“I’m contractually obligated,” Munn said. “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.”
Munn won’t let her cast and crew’s hard work go unnoticed, which means she’ll continue to promote the movie on their behalf. Striegel is a friend of the filmmaker and had starred in Black’s other films, “Iron Man 3” and “The Nice Guys,” following a six month prison stint. Striegel plead guilty in 2010 after being accused of luring a 14-year-old girl into a sexual relationship on the internet. Black responded to the controversy by saying he was mislead by Striegel and didn’t know all of the details of his arrest.
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Despite Munn saying she will do press for “The Predator,” it’s still unclear just how much press she will end up doing. The actress appeared on the red carpet but did not give interviews, and sources say Munn might not take part in the film’s TIFF press junket. Munn’s tweet saying she thinks the studio “prefers [she doesn’t] show up” suggests Fox is monitoring the situation carefully and might not risk having Munn do interviews and speak her mind on the issue.
“The Predator” opens nationwide September 14.
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