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Fox pulls scene from 'The Predator' after director casts his pedophile friend in minor role

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http://www.latimes.com/entertainmen...ck-steven-wilder-striegel-20180906-story.html

Twentieth Century Fox was just days away from locking picture on “The Predator” when an urgent note came in: Delete the scene featuring Steven Wilder Striegel.

Striegel, 47, didn’t have a big role in his longtime friend Shane Black’s reboot of the sci-fi thriller — just a three-page scene shared with actress Olivia Munn.

But last month, Munn learned that Striegel is a registered sex offender who pleaded guilty in 2010 after facing allegations that he attempted to lure a 14-year-old female into a sexual relationship via the internet. When Munn shared the information with Fox on Aug. 15, studio executives quickly decided to excise him from the movie.

“Our studio was not aware of Mr. Striegel’s background when he was hired,” a Fox spokesperson said in a statement to The Times. “We were not aware of his background during the casting process due to legal limitations that impede studios from running background checks on actors.”

Black, however, has always known.
Black defended his decision to cast Striegel in a small part in “The Predator” as a jogger who repeatedly hits on Munn’s character.

“I personally chose to help a friend,” Black said in a written statement to The Times. “I can understand others might disapprove, as his conviction was on a sensitive charge and not to be taken lightly.”

But he said he has long believed that Striegel was “caught up in a bad situation versus something lecherous.”

Munn said she found it “both surprising and unsettling that Shane Black, our director, did not share this information to the cast, crew, or Fox Studios prior to, during, or after production.”

“However,” she continued, “I am relieved that when Fox finally did receive the information, the studio took appropriate action by deleting the scene featuring Wilder prior to release of the film.”
so the director (Shane Black) hired his convicted pedophile friend to do a minor role, and proceeded not to tell anyone involved in the movie about his past

what a fucking dumbass
 
Oct 25, 2017
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What the fuck, Black.
I guess it's not that surprising considering some of the questionable shit he's said in interviews but still.

Good on Olivia Munn for not letting that slide though.
 
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What stopped the studio from finding out? This is why they do background checks.
Right there in the OP.

“Our studio was not aware of Mr. Striegel’s background when he was hired,” a Fox spokesperson said in a statement to The Times. “We were not aware of his background during the casting process due to legal limitations that impede studios from running background checks on actors.”
Which seems insane to me, but there it is.
 
Oct 29, 2017
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He was convicted and paid for his crime. I don't see the connection to acting in an action movie with other adults.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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It will be incredible if Black isn't done working with Fox/Disneyfox especially in light of the Gunn situation. Also fuck this guy for trying to hide that
 
Oct 30, 2017
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Good on Munn. All the trash gamers that hate her will now defend this.
Good on her indeed.

The second part of your sentence reminded me of old Gaf threads. Everytime Olivia was mentioned, at least twenty posters deemed it necessary to shit on her.
Never understood the Munn hatred
 

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We can’t employ people who have committed crimes in the past and have paid their debts to society?

I can understand not employing a convicted sex offender concerning a minor as a teacher, or any job dealing with kids/teens....but nothing?
 
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Wow. I didn’t really have much respect for Olivia Munn - I have no real reason to have any, not that I dislike her - but this definitely casts her in a new light. Really well done.
 
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He was convicted and paid for his crime. I don't see the connection to acting in an action movie with other adults.
It's the new reality. No matter how much time you've served, no matter how you've changed, once you're affixed with the scarlet letter, you might as well shoot yourself because you will never be allowed to live in the world again.

IMO, there shouldn't be a sex offender list, it shouldn't have been any of the business of the studio or anyone. He served his time? Is free to go without restriction? Then WTF is the problem? If he's going to not be allowed to have a job again then why let him out in the first place?
 

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It was 8 years ago and maybe he'd have done something if he got what he was fishing for but he was caught before it got to that point. Dudes got to work and if he's not working around children then what's the problem?
 
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What the hell? Background checks should legally be allowed for any job, especially a profession as filled with sick assholes as acting.
 
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It was 8 years ago and maybe he'd have done something if he got what he was fishing for but he was caught before it got to that point. Dudes got to work and if he's not working around children then what's the problem?
how would you feel if you found out your coworker was actually a convicted sex offender who tried to solicit sex from a child? and no one told you?
 
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It was 8 years ago and maybe he'd have done something if he got what he was fishing for but he was caught before it got to that point. Dudes got to work and if he's not working around children then what's the problem?
Doesn't Jacob Tremblay star in the movie?