Olivia Munn is set to undertake her role as Elizabeth "Betsy" Braddock's alter ego, Psylocke, in X-Men: Apocalypse, but her entry into the X-Universe could've been different. Much, much different.
Munn has previously explained that she could've been cast into the profanity-filled, lewd, unicorn-exploiting antihero world of Deadpool, but turned the role down. Now, in an interview with American Way magazine, she explained that she didn't want to play a girlfriend role, but preferred something with a little more physical combat.
Putting Up A Fight
The role of Wade's girlfriend, Vanessa, went to Morena Baccarin in the end. Munn then went in a different direction for Apocalypse, playing a character who could legitimately kick ass, something the actress deemed important. She said:
“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.'"
Deadpool went on to break a host of box office records, and now stands as the highest grossing R-rated movie of all time. That's not to suggest Munn is missing out though; Apocalypse is guaranteed to be received well, and bringing Psylocke to the big screen is a worthy challenge.
The character has never had an integral involvement in Fox's X-Men series, although she was portrayed by X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) by Meiling Melançon in a minor role.
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Source: American Way