Olivia Munn claims Bryan Singer was absent from X-Men: Apocalypse set for 10 days

Olivia Munn has claimed director Bryan Singer was absent for 10 days during the production of X-Men: Apocalypse.The 39-year-old actress played mutant Psylocke in the 2016 comic book blockbuster, which also starred James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Osca…

Olivia Munn has claimed director Bryan Singer was absent for 10 days during the production of X-Men: Apocalypse.

The 39-year-old actress played mutant Psylocke in the 2016 comic book blockbuster, which also starred James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Oscar Isaac, Jennifer Lawrence, and Sophie Turner.

In a new interview with Variety, Munn alleged the director left the set in Montreal, Canada to fly to Los Angeles to receive treatment for a thyroid issue, leaving the cast and crew for 10 days.

“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,” she explained, adding that Singer told the cast to keep filming, despite his absence.

“We’d be on set, I remember there’s a big scene that we’d have, 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,” Munn shared. “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 realise that other people also thought it wasn’t normal.”

Munn shared that she was originally bewildered by his “strange” behaviour, but thought perhaps it was normal on blockbuster movie sets.

“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,” she quipped.

She then blasted studio executives for continuing to give Singer high-profile directing gigs, such as the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. Singer was fired from the movie due to his absence and clashes with leading man Rami Malek and was replaced by Dexter Fletcher.

Responding to Munn, Singer’s publicist Howard Bragman said: “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.”

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Taika Waititi: ‘Michael Fassbender is a comic revelation’

Taika Waititi believes Michael Fassbender should stop doing dramas because he is a “comic revelation”.The New Zealand filmmaker has completed production on the upcoming sports comedy Next Goal Wins, which follows the true story of unorthodox Dutch-Amer…

Taika Waititi believes Michael Fassbender should stop doing dramas because he is a “comic revelation”.

The New Zealand filmmaker has completed production on the upcoming sports comedy Next Goal Wins, which follows the true story of unorthodox Dutch-American coach Thomas Rongen, played by Fassbender, who tries to help the American Samoa football team, considered one of the weakest football teams in the world, qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup tournament.

And Waititi is overjoyed with the movie, which also stars Elisabeth Moss, Armie Hammer, and Rhys Darby, and told Deadline that it was one of the best experiences of his life.

“It’s one of the happiest shoots I’ve ever been on. It’s a 99 per cent Polynesian cast; Michael Fassbender is a comic revelation,” he shared. “I think he should just stop doing dramas from now on because he’s so funny, and so good at improvising. To me, it was a real revelation.”

The 44-year-old, who recently landed two Academy Award nominations for his satire Jojo Rabbit, co-wrote the screenplay with Iain Morris, and filming took place in Hawaii last year.

Waititi also shared that shooting Next Goal Wins, which is based on the 2014 documentary of the same name, was a totally different experience to that of his upcoming Thor blockbuster.

“With the Thor film, I can’t share much, for obvious reasons. We’re going to be writing all the way up until we shoot, and then throughout the shoot,” he explained.

Chris Hemsworth is reprising his role as the Norse god for Thor: Love and Thunder, alongside Tessa Thompson and Natalie Portman, while Christian Bale is rumoured to be playing the villain.

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Michael Fassbender to star in spy thriller Malko

Michael Fassbender is set to headline and produce a film adaptation of the bestselling spy series S.A.S. The big screen production will be titled Malko and is based on Gerard de Villiers’ serialised novels, consisting of over 200 books. Oscar nominat…

Michael Fassbender is set to headline and produce a film adaptation of the bestselling spy series S.A.S.

The big screen production will be titled Malko and is based on Gerard de Villiers’ serialised novels, consisting of over 200 books.

Oscar nominated American Hustle screenwriter Eric Warren Singer will pen the script, while bosses at Lionsgate will develop the thriller into a possible franchise.

Fassbender will star as super spy for hire Malko Linge, an Austrian nobleman and CIA agent who endured imprisonment in a Nazi work camp for captured spies.

According to editors at Deadline, the first film will largely be based upon de Villiers’ book Checkpoint Charlie. The actor will work on the project as part of his production company DMC Film.

“We are enormously excited to be teaming with Greg Shapiro and Michael Fassbender as well as Lars Sylvest from Black Magic and Thorsten Schumacher from Rocket Science to develop Malko,” said Lionsgate president Joe Drake in a statement.

“This is a character with a tremendous 200 title library of amazing spy stories to draw from and we believe we have a world-class creative team in place with Michael and Eric Warren Singer as we move forward on this project.”

Currently starring in X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Fassbender, 42, is next set to begin work on David Sandberg’s Kung Fury 2.

The S.A.S. book series has sold more than 120 million copies worldwide and have been translated into multiple languages.

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James McAvoy confirms X-Men: Dark Phoenix ending was entirely reshot

James McAvoy has confirmed the ending of X-Men: Dark Phoenix was reshot due to “parallels” with another superhero film.The Scottish actor reprises his role as Charles Xavier / Professor X in the latest instalment of the Marvel Comics franchise, with th…

James McAvoy has confirmed the ending of X-Men: Dark Phoenix was reshot due to “parallels” with another superhero film.

The Scottish actor reprises his role as Charles Xavier / Professor X in the latest instalment of the Marvel Comics franchise, with the new movie focusing on how Jean Grey, as played by Sophie Turner, loses control of her telepathic and telekinetic powers and becomes the Phoenix.

However, McAvoy has now shared in an interview with Yahoo Movies UK that the third act of the feature was totally re-written as it bore a resemblance to another movie in production at the time.

“The end (of Dark Phoenix) changed a hell of a lot. The finale had to change. For the better. There was a lot of overlap and parallels with another superhero movie that came out… a while ago. And we had no idea that we were,” he stated, while his co-star Michael Fassbender, who plays Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto, interjected: “They had spies on set and (they) basically stole our ideas. Infiltrated.”

“We were basically trawling through the source material, it seems,” McAvoy added.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix began filming in June 2017, though director Simon Kinberg spent over a year in the post-production phase, with studio executives forced to delay the film’s release twice.

While McAvoy refused to comment on which other film he was referring to, there have been numerous Marvel and DC superhero movies made within the same period, including Thor: Ragnarok, Captain Marvel, Avengers: Infinity War, Aquaman and Avengers: Endgame.

Elsewhere, Turner spoke about the changes to the ending of the flick, and added: “I think it’s so much better for the reshoots. It was just one of those things… you watched the first two acts and the third act just didn’t feel cohesive. We went back and we redid all of the third act pretty much and it was such a good decision. I mean, the third act is the best part of the movie, for me.”

X-Men: Dark Phoenix, also featuring Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult, hits cinemas from 5 June.

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Jason Momoa: ‘I went to Michael Fassbender for advice about Aquaman

Jason Momoa sought advice from fellow actor Michael Fassbender after he was cast as Aquaman. The actor made his debut as the King of Atlantis in a small cameo in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and reprised the role for 2017’s Justice Leagu…

Jason Momoa sought advice from fellow actor Michael Fassbender after he was cast as Aquaman.

The actor made his debut as the King of Atlantis in a small cameo in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and reprised the role for 2017’s Justice League and the new standalone blockbuster, Aquaman, and he reveals while he was preparing for the role he met with Fassbender, who has played in several X-Men movies and Jonah Hex, to get his advice on how to handle a big part.

“You know, I haven’t really told anyone this,” he tells Irish broadcaster RTE. “This is the first time, and I try not to do the whole weird name-drop thing, but I have a dear friend who’s from Ireland, Michael Fassbender, and I got to spend some time with him, talking about (superhero roles), because he’s done X-Men and Jonah Hex, he’s been around it enough.”

“He really told me to put in moments of me and find those moments that you can put you in the film so that it can shine through,” he adds. “He was a big influence for me and (I was) doing that a lot in Aquaman.”

Momoa is thrilled he has been able to represent a Hawaiian superhero in the films, but he recently revealed he landed the role after auditioning for another superhero part – Batman, which subsequently went to Ben Affleck.

“It was a big casting call so I knew a lot of people were going to be doing it, and I just felt like it was a booby trap and I just didn’t want to do it…,” he admitted on interview series Jake’s Takes.

However, it helped him land Aquaman.

“I got called in about, probably two to three weeks later and that’s when (Snyder) laid it down and said, ‘I want you to play Aquaman,’ which was completely like, ‘Excuse me?'” he recalled.

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Evan Peters: ‘I love Michael Fassbender’s career’

Evan Peters looks up to Michael Fassbender and the career he’s had.The 31-year-old stars opposite German-born Irish actor Michael in the X-Men films, with the pair teaming up again for the forthcoming X-Men: Dark Phoenix, out next year (19).Talking t…

Evan Peters looks up to Michael Fassbender and the career he’s had.

The 31-year-old stars opposite German-born Irish actor Michael in the X-Men films, with the pair teaming up again for the forthcoming X-Men: Dark Phoenix, out next year (19).

Talking to Mr. Porter about his experiences working with the 41-year-old Oscar nominee, Evan admits he’s in awe.

“I look up to him. I love his career,” he gushed. “In that scene in decaying Cairo (during X-Men: Apocalypse), there is rubble and explosions everywhere. He comes and saves us. We’re all messed up. Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) has us at his mercy. (Michael) did a take, very serious, with the gravitas of Magneto. And then we cut and he says, ‘Guys, you can go. I don’t really need you here.’ He’s such a pro.”

Before the new X-Men film comes out, Evan is back on the small screen in American Horror Story. The popular series, created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, is now in its eighth season, with production slated to kick off later this month (Jun18).

He’s also working with Ryan on new show Pose, which is set in New York in the ‘80s.

On the subject of his chosen career, Evan admits it can be suffocating at times.

“As an actor, you’re supposed to take this route, do all the right roles and climb that ladder in a weird way. It can make you feel like you’re trapped,” he sighed.

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