Olivia Munn On Why She Turned Down A Role In DEADPOOL To Play 'Psylocke' In X-MEN: APOCALYPSE

Olivia Munn On Why She Turned Down A Role In DEADPOOL To Play 'Psylocke' In X-MEN: APOCALYPSE

Olivia Munn On Why She Turned Down A Role In DEADPOOL To Play 'Psylocke' In X-MEN: APOCALYPSE

A while back, Olivia Munn briefly mentioned that she'd passed on playing a character in Deadpool to suit up as mutant ass-kicker Psylocke in X-Men: Apocalypse, and in a new interview she explains why...

Role Reversal

It was previously revealed that 20th Century Fox wanted Olivia Munn for a different role in their X-Universe, but the presenter turned actress campaigned to play sword-wielding warrior Psylocke in Bryan Singer's X-Men: Apocalypse instead.

At the time Munn was pretty vague about the Deadpool character she was initially in line for and the reasons why she decided against playing her, but in a new interview with American Way Magazine (Munn also graces the cover above) she elaborates.

The former Attack The Show host explains that she didn't want another girlfriend role - meaning she was obviously up for Vanessa Carlyle, who would ultimately be played by Morena Baccarin -  and much preferred the more physical challenge of bringing life to a character like Psylocke, even though her dialogue would be limited.


“I said, ‘Is there a fight scene?’ The fight scene could be her monologue. I thought Psylocke was always one of the most lethal characters, and I said, ‘Yes, as long as you’re not using her to be the eye candy. She has really powerful abilities.’ And they said, ‘Yes, that’s an important part.'"

It sounds like we can expect this take on Betsy Braddock to let her swords and psy-blades do most of her talking... at least in this movie.

You can see Olivia Munn slice 'n dice as Psylocke when X-Men: Apocalypse hits theaters on May 27.
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