Olivia Munn says she’s getting the cold shoulder from “The Predator” cast after flagging 20th Century Fox that an actor in the reboot of the franchise is a registered sex offender.
The news resulted in Fox cutting a scene from the film with actor Steven Wilder Striegel, who pleaded guilty in 2010 for trying to entice a 14-year-old girl into a sexual relationship on the Internet. (Striegel is a longtime friend of “The Predator” director Shane Black)
“Our studio was not aware of Mr. Striegel’s background when he was hired,” Fox told The Associated Press on Thursday just hours before the sci-fi movie premiered at Toronto International Film Festival. “Several weeks ago, when the studio learned the details, his one scene in the film was removed within 24 hours.”
Munn – who plays scientist Casey Bracket in the movie, which arrives in theaters on Sept. 14 – tweeted that audiences will love it “now that the scene is deleted,” in light of the #MeToo and Time’s Up era.
Munn, 38, has continued to promote “The Predator” since blowing the whistle on Striegel, but her fellow cast members haven’t been supportive. During a scheduled interview with The Hollywood Reporter, all of Munn’s co-stars bailed on her, with the exception of 11-year-old actor Jacob Tremblay.
“It’s a very lonely feeling to be sitting here by myself when I should be sitting here with the rest of the cast,” Munn told THR. “I do feel like I’ve been treated by some people that I’m the one who went to jail or I’m the one that put this guy on set.”
In a series of tweets, Munn explained why she continues to promote the fourth installment in the action franchise amid some backlash from her peers.
“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,” she tweeted Thursday.
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