Olivia Munn who appeared as the mutant Psylocke in X-Men: Apocalypse has made some shocking revelations about its director Bryan Singer. She has shared this weird filming experience she had while shooting for the film.
The film released in 2016 and even before its shooting was started Bryan Singer was hit by two lawsuits for allegedly sexually abusing underage boys. Though the allegations were later dismissed, it surely had put Bryan’s name in the wrong books of many.
According to Munn, Bryan Singer walked off the set of “X-Men: Apocalypse” in Montreal to fly to Los Angeles for approximately 10 days to deal with a “thyroid issue,” leaving the production to scramble without a director.
Olivia Munn has now revealed that Bryan Singer wasn’t on the sets during the shoot for 10 days as he flew to Los Angeles treating his ‘thyroid issue’. Even after X-Men: Apocalypse, Bryan Singer messed up the shoot of Bohemian Rhapsody midway for similar reasons of his absence from the sets. Dexter Fletcher was brought in to complete the film.
Bryan Singer’s publicist Howard Bragman responded to this by saying: “He saw doctors in Montreal and then came back to see doctors in Los Angeles. And to the best of our recollection, it only affected two days of shooting.”
Here’s Olivia Munn’s official statement about this incident posted on Daily Times:
“It’s possible [to work with women directors]. It’s the problem that I always had in this business, way before the #MeToo movement exposed so much. You’re in it and you see these people who keep failing up, and they’re not that great and you think, “Really?” When we shot “X-Men,” I never shot a huge movie like that before. I didn’t know what was right or wrong, but I did know that it seems strange that Bryan Singer could check out and say he had a thyroid issue.
Instead of going to a doctor in Montreal, which is a very high-level, working city, he said he had to go to L.A. And he was gone for about 10 days is my recollection. And he said, “Continue. Keep filming.” We’d be on set, I remember there’s a big scene that we’d have, and we’d come back from lunch and then one of Bryan’s assistants would come up and show us a cell phone with a text message on it.
And he texted to the actors, “Hey guys. I’m busy right now. But just go ahead and start filming without me.” And we’d be like, “OK.” And I never thought any of it was normal, but I didn’t realize that other people also thought it wasn’t normal. And the other people who thought it wasn’t normal would be people at high levels, people who make decisions on whether to hire this person.
Come to find out it is really strange and it wasn’t OK. But this person is allowed to continue to go on. Fox still gives him “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and then we all know what happened.
I’m saying even before the #MeToo stuff was exposed — stuff that’s really horrendous and just nauseating to be around — there’s also just the bad behaviour of people getting away with it. And no one in the world is so talented that it merits disrespecting other people and their time. And there are so many talented people waiting for an opportunity.”