“The Predator” star Olivia Munn says she was “chastised” by Fox after speaking out about convincing the studio to remove a scene from the movie that she unknowingly did with a registered sex offender.
“When I did call my co-stars, I got chastised the next day by people in the studio for telling them and, why am I not just keeping quiet? It’s all going to be OK, it got deleted, what’s the big deal?” she told Ellen DeGeneres on Tuesday.
In response, a Twentieth Century Fox spokesperson told TheWrap, “At no time has anyone at our studio discouraged Olivia from speaking with her fellow cast members on any topic — or chastised her after the fact.”
Munn said when she found out that director Shane Black had hired a registered sex offender for a minor role in the movie, she called her co-stars to give them a “heads up.”
“My cast members, nobody said anything to me about it, nobody talked to me, nobody reached out that whole day,” she explained. “At first, I thought it’s because they just don’t know what to say, but privately, I did feel iced out.”
This past week, Los Angeles Times reported Black had cast longtime friend Steven Wilder Striegel for a cameo role in “The Predator,” as he had done for past films. The scene was a short, three-page dialogue between him and Munn.
But after shooting wrapped, Munn discovered that Striegel had pled guilty to two charges in 2010 after being accused of sexually propositioning a teenager by email. After notifying Fox of Striegel’s history, the scene was removed by Fox.
Black, Munn, and the film’s cast — including Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes and Keegan Michael-Key — gathered this weekend at the Toronto International Film Festival for the film’s premiere, but in an interview with Vanity Fair, Munn said that she has been left on her own to discuss the removed scene with reporters, with one co-star even walking off an interview he was doing with Munn when the topic was brought up.
Holbrook and Sterling K. Brown, who didn’t attend TIFF, have since released statements. But Munn says that she hasn’t heard from Black regarding his decision to give Striegel the cameo since reporting her findings to Fox last month.
Watch the interview above.