Emilia Clarke almost appeared in Iron Man 3

Emilia Clarke was set to star in Iron Man 3 before her role was cut in the final script changes.Co-screenwriter Drew Pearce offered up the big reveal via Instagram over the weekend as he shared an image from the first table read of the second Iron Man …

Emilia Clarke was set to star in Iron Man 3 before her role was cut in the final script changes.

Co-screenwriter Drew Pearce offered up the big reveal via Instagram over the weekend as he shared an image from the first table read of the second Iron Man sequel back in 2012.

”My finest hour: at an early Iron Man Three table read,” Pearce captioned a shot of his name tag, noting Robert Downey Jr., who played the titular character, Don Cheadle, who portrayed James Rhodes / War Machine, and Clarke were all present during the meeting. “Downey, Cheadle, Emilia Clarke (long story, the script changed) … all vaguely terrifying.”

Pearce did not expand on what role Game of Thrones star Clarke had signed on to play or how the script had been changed.

Fellow screenwriter Shane Black also revealed he read the role of Jarvis during the pre-production gathering – a character ultimately played by Paul Bettany.

And previously, Black divulged that Rebecca Hall’s character Maya Hansen actually had a bigger part to play in the narrative at one point, but the writers made the decision to reduce it because Marvel executives didn’t think a female toy would sell.

“There was an early draft of Iron Man 3 where we had an inkling of a problem. Which is that we had a female character who was the villain in the draft. We had finished the script and we were given a no-holds-barred memo saying that cannot stand and we’ve changed our minds because, after consulting, we’ve decided that toy won’t sell as well if it’s a female,” he shared in an interview with Uproxx in 2016. “So, we had to change the entire script because of toy making. Now, that’s not (Marvel producer Kevin) Feige. That’s Marvel corporate, but now you don’t have that problem anymore.”

Feige is now the president of Marvel Studios.

Meanwhile, Clarke also recently shared that she rejected a role in 2015’s Fifty Shades of Grey because she had concerns over being “pigeonholed” as someone who is willing to appear nude onscreen after disrobing for her hit TV series Game of Thrones, in which she played Daenerys Targaryen.

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Shane Black apologises to Olivia Munn over The Predator controversy

Director Shane Black became visibly emotional as he publicly apologised to Olivia Munn over The Predator controversy at the film’s premiere on Wednesday (12Sep18). The 56-year-old filmmaker caused outrage after he cast his friend, registered sex offen…

Director Shane Black became visibly emotional as he publicly apologised to Olivia Munn over The Predator controversy at the film’s premiere on Wednesday (12Sep18).

The 56-year-old filmmaker caused outrage after he cast his friend, registered sex offender Steven Wilder Striegel, who had served time behind bars for trying to coax a 14-year-old girl into a sexual relationship over the Internet in 2010, in the new movie.

Munn discovered Striegel’s criminal past last month (Aug18), and successfully lobbied Twentieth Century Fox bosses to cut the scene, and the news went public last week. Munn went on to accuse Black of keeping the news from the cast and crew, and complained that she had been shunned by her co-stars.

At The Predator premiere on Wednesday, Black reached out to Munn, and became visibly emotional as he discussed the controversy.

“I have reached out to Olivia,” he told Entertainment Tonight. “I felt that I owed her that call, that apology and I’m very sorry for any pain that she’s felt, but I reached out privately.”

The director expressed his remorse over the decision to cast Striegel, and took full responsibility for the fallout.

“If I caused pain, it’s on me. It’s my fault. I made a decision, which was a very bad – look, it’s not about the fact that I was as shocked to discover what’s going on at reading these horrible things in the paper. That’s still on me,” he continued.

“I’m not allowed to just treat this like we’re kids in college and putting friends in movies because this is big leagues, and I felt like I had let people down and caused pain to the cast and that is not acceptable.”

Munn told ET at the event that she had been encouraged by the response to her actions, and was happy that her co-stars – including Sterling K. Brown – had finally supported her.

“Just to have everyone on that same page… that’s honestly been the most amazing thing just to see that.”

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Olivia Munn had to follow-up on The Predator sex offender complaint

Olivia Munn didn’t hear anything from studio officials for two days after raising concerns about having a registered sex offender as a co-star in her new movie The Predator. The X-Men: Apocalypse actress only learned Steven Wilder Striegel had a crimi…

Olivia Munn didn’t hear anything from studio officials for two days after raising concerns about having a registered sex offender as a co-star in her new movie The Predator.

The X-Men: Apocalypse actress only learned Steven Wilder Striegel had a criminal past last month (Aug18), as she prepared to embark on a promotional tour, and she immediately took the shocking discovery to bosses at Twentieth Century Fox.

She accused director Shane Black of keeping the news from the cast and crew, as his pal Striegel, who appears in a small scene with Munn, had served time behind bars for trying to coax a 14-year-old girl into a sexual relationship over the Internet in 2010.

Fox chiefs soon cut Striegel’s appearance from the finished movie, but Munn reveals she was initially left hanging when they took their time responding to her first complaint.

“When I called, (Fox) was silent for two days,” she told Variety at the Toronto Film Festival in Canada, where The Predator premiered over the weekend (08-09Sep18).

“I did have to reach out again and say I didn’t feel comfortable presenting at the MTV (Video Music) Awards with Keegan (Michael Key, co-star) unless this guy was out of it.”

However, Olivia clarifies, “I’m not saying they weren’t working on it behind the scenes. I just didn’t hear anything about it. But I’m happy that they did obviously because I’m proud of the work we did in this movie, we all worked really, really hard, and I wouldn’t be able to morally stand behind this movie with this guy in there.”

Fox executives insisted they were unaware of Striegel’s felony convictions, which were made public in an article in the Los Angeles Times last week (ends07Sep18), while Black eventually apologised for not letting his colleagues know, claiming he had been misled by his friend over the seriousness of the incident.

Munn felt compelled to report the news to studio bosses “because movies are so far reaching”.

The actress claims she has nothing against giving Striegel a second chance, but explained, “I do have a hard line when it comes to people who hurt children or animals. You deserve to go make money, but not alongside me in a film. You can go work in a lot of other places or like make an Etsy (online) store or something.”

And she is a little disappointed in Black for not reaching out directly to her after the controversy.

“I think an apology has to happen privately not just publicly,” she said. “I believe in his apology that he said he (apologises) to everyone past and present that he’s put in that situation, and that would be me, but I didn’t get that apology, I read about it online like everyone else.”

The Predator, which also stars Boyd Holbrook and Sterling K. Brown, is due to open in theatres this week (ends14Sep18).

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Olivia Munn surprised to learn about sex offender’s role in The Predator

Olivia Munn was shocked to learn filmmaker Shane Black had cast a registered sex offender in their new movie, ironically called The Predator. The actress shared a small scene with Steven Wilder Striegel, who was accused in 2010 of trying to coax a 14-…

Olivia Munn was shocked to learn filmmaker Shane Black had cast a registered sex offender in their new movie, ironically called The Predator.

The actress shared a small scene with Steven Wilder Striegel, who was accused in 2010 of trying to coax a 14-year-old girl into a sexual relationship over the Internet.

He served six months behind bars after pleading guilty to felony charges of risk of injury to a child and enticing a minor by computer, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Munn learned about Striegel’s checkered past last month (Aug18) and immediately brought the information to Twentieth Century Fox studio bosses’ attention. They cut his scene from the finished film, which also stars Sterling K. Brown and Boyd Holbrook.

“(I find 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,” read Munn’s statement issued to the publication. “However, 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.”

Studio executives insist they were “not aware” of Striegel’s criminal history before he was cast in the movie due to “legal limitations” on running background checks, but Black initially defended his casting, explaining he was just trying to help out an old pal, who he believed was “caught up in a bad situation”.

However, after reading the article in the Times, which included email correspondence between Striegel and the teen, Black had a change of heart, and he has now apologised for being “misled by a friend”, who he had previously hired for small appearances in his other films Iron Man 3 and The Nice Guys.

“I believe strongly in giving people second chances – but sometimes you discover that chance is not as warranted as you may have hoped,” Black shares in a new statement.

“After learning more about the affidavit, transcripts and additional details surrounding Steve Striegel’s sentence, I am deeply disappointed in myself. I apologize to all of those, past and present, I’ve let down by having Steve around them without giving them a voice in the decision.”

Black’s new remarks emerge after Striegel, who has contested some of the allegations against him, insisted he would have never has signed on for the film if he knew it would cause issues for his director pal, branding his criminal past an “enormously unfortunate chapter” in his life.

He has yet to respond to the moviemaker’s latest statement.

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Shane Black open to making The Nice Guys sequel

Shane Black is open to making a follow-up to 2016 action movie The Nice Guys.Set in Los Angeles in the late ‘70s, the flick followed a private eye played by Ryan Gosling and a tough enforcer as portrayed by Russell Crowe who teamed up to investigate …

Shane Black is open to making a follow-up to 2016 action movie The Nice Guys.

Set in Los Angeles in the late ‘70s, the flick followed a private eye played by Ryan Gosling and a tough enforcer as portrayed by Russell Crowe who teamed up to investigate the disappearance of a teenage girl.

The Nice Guys received positive reviews from critics but only grossed $62 million (£42 million) on a $50 million (£39 million) budget, with Black now sharing that he will be willing to make a sequel if he can get funding.

“In a heartbeat, if someone would pay for it,” he told Fandango. “We had all kinds of ideas. The problem is it didn’t do that well at the box office. I imagine it will break even, which is not a formula for reacquiring two very expensive movie stars and proceeding with a sequel.”

Black, who made his directorial debut with Kiss Kiss Bang Bang in 2005, went on to explain that he has plenty of potential storylines for a second instalment in his head and is “ready to go”.

However, right now he is focused on promoting sci-fi horror flick The Predator, the fourth movie in the Predator film franchise. The film follows a young boy (Jacob Tremblay) as he accidentally triggers an alert that brings the Predators back to Earth, with the narrative set in the present day.

“It’s always unclear where Predators takes place, but I’m assuming even that is before us. And it’s simply an extension of the world established in all of the movies, which we don’t deny any of. We assume they’re all canon, and acknowledge some more than others, but there’s nothing in the movie to contradict that,” the filmmaker said.

The Predator, which also stars Sterling K. Brown, Boyd Holbrook and Olivia Munn, is due to hit cinemas from 12 September (18).

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Olivia Munn: ‘Shane Black’s acting background makes him a great director’

Olivia Munn credits Shane Black’s acting background for distinguishing him as a “great” director.The Newsroom actress stars alongside Jacob Tremblay, Sterling K. Brown and Boyd Holbrook in the latest instalment in the Predator franchise. She plays evol…

Olivia Munn credits Shane Black’s acting background for distinguishing him as a “great” director.

The Newsroom actress stars alongside Jacob Tremblay, Sterling K. Brown and Boyd Holbrook in the latest instalment in the Predator franchise. She plays evolutionary scientist Dr. Casey Beckett, who is called in by the CIA to help when the extraterrestrial species return to Earth.

The cast was directed by Shane, who had an acting role in the 1987 original, before making his name as a screenwriter and director, and Olivia believes his background is what makes him such a good leader on a production.

“Shane is so great because he was an actor,” she told Slash Film. “So that really adds more than people really understand to an actor’s ability to create something onscreen and to create a role that is more memorable.

“He’s one of my favourite directors, if not my favourite director so far, just because he’s so thoughtful for the actors and the actor’s experience and that the audience will care about the characters and he allows us to do things that make us more real.”

Shane co-wrote the screenplay with Fred Dekker, and Olivia was grateful that he was flexible and open to changes being made to the script in the moment, rather than sticking to the original words as he intended.

“A lot of times, writers can be so married to the script, and then sometimes the director looks at the script as a Bible,” she explained.

“But then you end up losing a lot of life….that you wouldn’t normally capture on camera. And so (with) this movie there’s been so much collaboration and just in-the-moment, everybody coming up with stuff, and thinking of stuff, and being really present.”

The Predator hits cinemas from September (18).

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Robert Downey Jr.’s filming approach has left lasting impression on Shane Black

Shane Black’s experience with Robert Downey Jr. on the set of Iron Man 3 informed how he worked on new flick The Predator.The movie marks the franchise’s fourth instalment, and sees the man-hunting aliens return to earth after a young boy accidentally …

Shane Black’s experience with Robert Downey Jr. on the set of Iron Man 3 informed how he worked on new flick The Predator.

The movie marks the franchise’s fourth instalment, and sees the man-hunting aliens return to earth after a young boy accidentally triggers the Predators.

The cast, which includes Olivia Munn, Sterling K. Brown, Jacob Tremblay and Boyd Holbrook, were all given the freedom to improvise during the shoot, a tactic Shane picked up from his Iron Man star.

“On Iron Man (3), Downey would be like, ‘Time!’ and I’d be like, ‘We’re shooting!’ and he’d be, ‘No, shut the cameras’ and we’d go back to the trailer and we’d all write, because he wanted new lines. I mean, maybe it’s a little bit of that,” Shane said to Slash Film. “Maybe I took a lesson from him. We’ve had a great deal of fun incorporating input from talented people who haven’t been looking at the same pages for two years.

“Y’know, Ryan Gosling’s input on The Nice Guys and Robert Downey’s input on anything, I’m happy a) that they elevate the material and b) to take credit for whatever lines they happen to generate.”

The film hits cinemas in September (18), eight years after the last Predator movie was released.

The first movie, which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger, came out in 1987, and Shane, who had a small acting role in it, says he’s happy to honour the original while also shaking things up in his version.

“I think that there’s a basic premise that has to be honoured every time you make a Predator film and that’s in some way, whatever the plot turns out to be, it has to, at some level, represent a hunt. But, beyond that I think there’s infinite variability,” he explained.

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