An actor, and friend of director Shane Black, got his scene cut from The Predator after his acting partner Olivia Munn went to Twentieth Century Fox and told them he’s a registered sex offender. Olivia then revealed during the film’s stint at TIFF that she’d become the pariah of The Predator cast for speaking out. Sterling K. Brown eventually reached out to Olivia on Twitter.
Olivia had said her costars Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, and Keegan-Michael Key all gave Shane Black a standing ovation at the film’s TIFF premiere, which pretty much made it sound like they were firmly on Team Shane. But Boyd has spoken out about Olivia’s decision, and he had some supportive things to say.
One of the things Olivia encouraged her co-stars to do was to release statements of their own about the situation, which none of them wanted to do, until now. The Wrap says that Boyd finally released a statement yesterday. Boyd simply states that he’s sorry for releasing a statement so late, and that he’s “proud” of Olivia for the way she’s handled things.
“I want to start by apologizing for this statement coming late in the current conversation. I do not take any of what has gone on lightly, and I want to speak from the most honest and genuine place possible. I have stated before, and I will state it again, I am proud of Olivia for the way that she handled a difficult and alarming situation, and I am grateful that Fox took the information seriously and took action swiftly.”
Boyd also explained why Olivia was left to do press on her own. He says he pulled out of some press because he’s new at this whole #MeToo thing and didn’t want to make things worse for the victim, and he’s sorry he left Olivia out in the middle of the metaphorical ocean by herself.
“It is true that I pulled out of a small amount of press on Saturday, as this type of social commentary is new to me and given the nature of the originating crime, I felt further discussion could cause unwanted trauma and pain, neither of which I wanted to incite to the anonymous young woman. I now realize that my understanding of the situation was not the full picture and the last thing I want is for Olivia to ever feel abandoned or alone. We are in the midst of a very crucial and important time and it is imperative that we keep listening.”
I’m curious as to what information Boyd was missing to understand the full picture. We knew it involved a grown man who plead guilty to trying to get with a 14-year-old distant relative over the internet. Don’t tell me he was waiting to see for sure that it wasn’t just all part of rehearsals for a digital-age production of Lolita.
Keegan-Michael Key has also since issued a statement, saying:
“His last interview was scheduled after lunch, which he completed. He was always departing TIFF early so he could be home to spend the Jewish holiday with his wife. Furthermore, Keegan reached out to Olivia privately last week to let her know how proud he was of her and echoed that sentiment in many interviews since then.”
There have been no other statements issued by anyone else from the cast, and we might not get anymore. But if the titular Predator has a publicist, I’m hoping he’ll release one too. “I’m proud of Olivia, I stand with Olivia. On a personal note, it’s nice not to be the worst guy in a movie for once.”