“Deadpool” was the big smash superhero hit that fanboys in particular pointed toward as proof that the genre could go R-rated to great success, and offer a twist on the standard roles we’ve come to expect in these kinds of films. But that wasn’t the case for all the characters in the movie. When it came to Vanessa, Wade Wilson’s girlfriend played by Morena Baccarin, her only distinguishing characteristic was that she really liked to have sex. And frankly, that wasn’t enough for one actress who turned down the part before it went to Baccarin.
Chatting with American Way, Olivia Munn told the magazine she didn’t want to be simply be the girlfriend in “Deadpool,” which is why she didn’t take the role of Vanessa. And when producers for “X-Men: Apocalypse” came knocking, she had a very specific question to ask.
“I said, ‘Is there a fight scene?’ ,” and she had another concern as well. “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.’ ”
Munn’s concerns seem to echo that of Margot Robbie, who recently shared her mixed feelings on Harley Quinn’s sexytimes get-up in “Suicide Squad.” And that’s not to mention that Psylocke’s costume does feature a rather cleavage-baring design. So we’ll see how the portrayal of the character winds up in the final product.
“X-Men: Apocalypse” opens on May 27th. [via Refinery 29]