Olivia Munn Says Bryan Singer Just Left ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ to Film Itself Without Him

Call me a cinephile, but I always considered the director to be important to the process of filmmaking. He’s the guy who decides what the film, how to film it and helps the actors perform the film the way he envisions it. Apparently I was very wrong because it turns out the director of a major studio tentpole film can just say “f**k it, do whatever” and walk off the set for nearly two weeks.

Judging by what Olivia Munn told Variety, Bryan Singer spent ten days directing X-Men: Apocalypse by text message from another country while dealing with a “thyroid issue” and everyone just pretended that was fine and rewarded him with an even bigger movie.

Instead of going to a doctor in Montreal, which is a very high-level, working city, he said he had to go to L.A. And he was gone for about 10 days is my recollection. And he said, “Continue. Keep filming.” We’d be on set, I remember there’s a big scene that we’d have, and we’d come back from lunch and then one of Bryan’s assistants would come up and show us a cell phone with a text message on it.

And 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 realize 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, people who make decisions on whether to hire this person.

Come to find out it is really strange and it wasn’t OK. But this person is allowed to continue to go on. Fox still gives him “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and then we all know what happened.

This is really strange behavior for a director, and that’s coming from a writer in his living room at 2 AM wearing pajamas and watching Clerks.

Even with Singer filming a good chunk of the movie in absentia, it actually turned out to be a lot better than Dark Phoenix and X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

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