Sterling K. Brown Responds To Olivia Munn's Isolation In 'Predator' Movie Scandal
Brown is one of the few of Munn's co-stars to speak out in support following her protest at the casting of a convicted sex offender.
Fans of the sci-fi action world of the Predator were amped for Shane Black's return to the franchise with the upcoming release of The Predator, hitting cinemas this week, but unfortunately things derailed quite quickly.
Last week the Los Angeles Times reported that the film underwent a last-minute edit after one of the film's stars, Olivia Munn, learned that she had co-starred alongside a registered sex offender. One of the director's close, personal friends.
In 2010, Steven Wilder Striegel pleaded guilty to trying to lure a 14-year-old relative into a sexual relationship via the internet. He served six months in jail following the guilty plea on two charges. He and Black have been friends for almost 15 years.
When FOX were notified they released a statement saying, "Our studio was not aware of Mr. Striegel’s background when he was hired," adding that due to "legal limitations", the studio wasn't unable to run a background check on the man.
Striegel, meanwhile, revealed that he didn't have to audition for the role -- which only featured in one scene where he repeatedly hit on Munn's character.
The studio acted swiftly, removing the scene within 24 hours of being notified, but the real response has been what happened since, with Munn being forced to do publicity appearances alone, with her cast mates abandoning her following her decision to speak out against Striegel's casting.
Black backed out of the film's worldwide debut at the Toronto International Film Festival, and while Munn has shown up to press appearances she said she was "contractually obligated" to attend, her cast have often not been with her.
"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 The Hollywood Reporter.
Explaining why she chose to protest Striegel's casting Munn said, "if someone wants to share their platform and their power with someone who went to prison for hurting a child... Once they’ve gotten out of prison, they’ve served their time, they are allowed to be back out in society and that's their choice if they want to help that person."
"I wasn't given that choice; that decision was made for me. My choice will always be to never give a second chance to anyone who hurts a child or an animal," she said. "That’s me. Everybody has their own prerogative. If you’re going to ask me, that’s going to be my choice."
Meanwhile one of her co-stars, Sterling K. Brown, broke his silence on the matter, throwing his support behind Munn. While many of her co-stars have backed out of recent publicity appearances, Brown was never scheduled to attend due to his filming NBC's This Is Us.
In a brief Twitter thread Brown apologised to Munn -- responding especially to her feelings of isolation.
"I don’t have all the details regarding [Black's] friend’s crime, but I know it involves a minor, and he spent time in jail. With regards to forgiveness, I leave that to the individual," Brown tweeted, adding:
"We all have the right to know who we’re working with! And when someone has been convicted of a crime of a sexual nature involving a child, we have the right to say that’s not okay! Our studio was not given that opportunity, and neither was our cast. Especially @oliviamunn who was the only member of the principal cast who had to work with him."
During the chat with THR Munn also revealed she had yet to hear from the director personally, only seeing his apology he released publicly.
"I appreciate the apology. I would have appreciated it more if it was directed toward me privately before it went public and I had to see it online with everyone else."
Black had previously cast Striegel in both Iron Man 3 and The Nice Guys.
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