Last Thursday, the L.A. Times reported that a brief scene in the new movie "The Predator" was deleted after it was discovered that it featured an actor, William Wilder Striegel, who is a registered sex offender.
Actress Olivia Munn was the driving force behind its deletion, as she said on "Ellen" on Tuesday. “He’s 38 years old and went after a 14-year-old female relative,” said Munn of Striegel. “And when I found that out I did call Fox and I said we have to delete this scene, and they did, thankfully.”
Director Shane Black had hired Striegel, his friend, but has since apologized, saying he was “misled” about Striegel’s conviction. For their part, Twentieth Century Fox said they were unaware of the actor’s criminal background.
Munn went on to say that the studio wasn’t exactly supportive of her whistleblowing. “I wanted to give my co-stars the heads up so they wouldn’t be blindsided like I was,” she said. “When I did call my co-stars, I was chastised the next day by people at the studio for telling them [asking] ‘why am I not just keeping it quiet’ … it got deleted, what’s the big deal?’”
Munn’s castmates from the movie also responded with silence, according to her, after she informed them about Striegel’s past. “Privately I did feel iced out,” she said. “And I think that’s what’s really important for people to understand. When you see something, you have to say something, however it’s not going to be easy.”