X-Men: Apocalypse star Olivia Munn says director Bryan Singer would "check out" from the film's set

Amy West

From Digital Spy

X-Men: Apocalypse star Olivia Munn has claimed that director Bryan Singer used to repeatedly "check out" of filming to go seek treatment for a medical condition.

While discussing the differences between working with male and female filmmakers ahead of the release of her new film Violet, the actor – who played Marvel mutant Psylocke in the 2016 superhero movie – said she remembers Singer being absent from set for around 10 days in total and that he would message the actors instructions from afar.

Singer's reps have since responded that the director's trip to see doctors "only affected two days of shooting".

"When we shot X-Men, I never shot a huge movie like that before," Munn explained to Variety. "I didn't know what was right or wrong, but I did know that it seems strange that Bryan Singer could check out."

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According to Munn, Singer would avoid going to see a healthcare professional in Montreal, where they were based, and instead would travel back to Los Angeles.

"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.

"And the other people who thought it wasn't normal would be people at high levels. It is really strange and it wasn't okay. But this person is allowed to continue to go on."

Munn concluded: "No-one in the world is so talented that it merits disrespecting other people and their time, and there are so many talented people waiting for an opportunity."

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Singer's publicist Howard Bragman told Variety in response to the claims: "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."

Digital Spy has reached out to Singer's representative for any further comment.

Singer has previously been accused of multiple instances of sexual misconduct but has strongly denied all allegations.

Last year, he reached a $150,000 settlement, following rape allegations that were made against him. In a statement, Singer's lawyers said that the settlement was a business decision, not an admission of guilt.

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