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2020-04-29

X-Men' Actress Olivia Munn Says Director Bryan Singer Left of the set for 10 days Citing 'Thyroid issue'

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One perk of being a Hollywood man? Apparently it means that you can leave the job for more than a week and blame a "thyroid problem." At least that's what Olivia Munn says Bryan Singer did while working on the X-Men 2016: Apocalypse.

"I have never before shot such a huge movie," Munn told Variety in an interview published Tuesday. "I didn't know what was right or wrong, but I knew Bryan Singer would seem strange to be able to check out and say he had a thyroid problem."

"Instead of going to a Montreal doctor, who is a very high-ranking, working city, he said he had to go to L.A.," Munn continued. "And it's my recollection that he was gone for about ten days ... And he was giving the actors a text, 'Hey guys. Now, I'm busy. But just go ahead and start filming without me." And we'd be like, 'OK.' And I never thought anything of it was normal, but I didn't realize other people thought it wasn't normal either. And the other people who thought it wasn't normal would be high-level people, people who decide whether to hire this person.'

When Variety reached for comment, the publicist Howard Bragman of Singer said that Singer "saw doctors in Montreal, and then returned to see doctors in Los Angeles. And to the best of our memory, it only affected shooting for two days.

Months before production on X-Men began, two lawsuits impugned Singer’s work ethic and, more alarmingly, accused the director of sexually abusing underage boys. The suits were ultimately dismissed. Singer remained on board with X-Men-and even after his alleged disappearing act from set, 20th Century Fox brought him back to direct Bohemian Rhapsody before ultimately firing him for repeated absences from set. Last year The Atlantic published an exposé after a year of reporting, in which four more men said Singer molested them when they were underage; Singer denied any association with the men.

Previously Munn discussed her disappointment with how little Singer seemed to know about her character X-Men, Psylocke. "I was actually surprised that not even the director and the writer knew Psylocke had a twin brother," Munn said last year. "And I had to talk to them about a lot of different things that they didn't even know about Psylocke and some other parts of the world, and that was very frustrating as a fan."

Munn was also one of the most outspoken figures in Hollywood in the # MeToo reckoning of the industry. She was one of several women who came forward in November of 2017 to accuse Brett Ratner of sexual harassment and misconduct. It was an account she'd shared before in her 2010 essay book, without naming names. Munn said she visited Ratner's After the Sunset set as an aspiring actress in 2004-and that he masturbated in front of her when she went to deliver a meal to his trailer as a favour. At the time, Ratner's lawyer, Martin Singer, "categorically" disputed all of the claims against the director.

Then, in the fall of 2018, Munn again spoke out - this time alerting Twentieth Century Fox executives that Predator director Shane Black had hired a registered sex offender widely known as his friend as a supportive actor on the project without informing any of the other performers of that history. Eventually the scene in which Steven Wilder Striegel appeared was deleted - but Munn had been told at the time that speaking out might pose a risk to her career.

"I am afraid of a lot of different things," Munn said of the incident to The Hollywood Reporter, "but being bullied is something that doesn't work for me. I'm one of those people who's not cowering to this. A big reason for that is that I can't take away the things that are most valuable to me - my family, friends, health, education, self-worth. Once you have that, you realize that there's nothing to worry about.