As the numerous fight training and sword swinging Instagam videos prove, Olivia Munn loved playing Psylocke in “X-Men: Apocalypse.” She even called playing the mutant assassin one of her top moments of 2015. Now, a new interview with American Way magazine reveals more about why she took on the role — and which role she turned down in the process.
The interview states that Munn was originally offered the role of Vanessa in “Deadpool,” but Munn said that she did not want to play the girlfriend of the main character again. She wanted to fight — and then came Psylocke.
“I said, ‘Is there a fight scene?’â€‰” said Munn while recounting her initial conversations with the “Apocalypse” team. Munn emphasized how much she wanted to fight by saying that her actions could, in some ways, speak for her. “The fight scene,” said Munn, smiling, “could be her monologue.”
The discussions weren’t so cut and dry, though, and the interview notes that they “dragged on” — but Munn kept the strength of the character at the forefront of her mind. “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.’â€‰”
Fans will get to see Psylocke in action when “X-Men: Apocalypse,” directed by Bryan Singer, opens on May 27.
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