Scene with actor/registered sexual offender ordered cut from film

By Amy Kaufman . . . Twentieth Century Fox was just days away from locking picture on “The Predator” when an urgent note came in: Delete the scene featuring Steven Wilder Striegel.

Striegel, 47, didn’t have a big role in his longtime friend Shane Black’s reboot of the sci-fi thriller — just a three-page scene shared with actress Olivia Munn.

But last month, Munn learned that Striegel is a registered sex offender who pleaded guilty in 2010 after facing allegations that he attempted to lure a 14-year-old female into a sexual relationship via the internet. When Munn shared the information with Fox on Aug. 15, studio executives quickly decided to excise him from the movie.

“Our studio was not aware of Mr. Striegel’s background when he was hired,” a Fox spokesperson said in a statement to The Times. “We were not aware of his background during the casting process due to legal limitations that impede studios from running background checks on actors.”

Black, however, has always known.

Striegel, an actor who’d appeared on “Days of Our Lives” and “Melrose Place,” first met Black when he was invited to the “Lethal Weapon” screenwriter’s home by a mutual friend for pizza and a movie. When Wilder was arrested in 2009, the two had been friends for five years.

Striegel served six months in jail after pleading guilty to two felonies — risk of injury to a child and enticing a minor by computer. The first role he landed after his release was in Black’s 2013 film, “Iron Man 3.” Three years later, he got another part in one of the filmmaker’s projects, the crime caper “The Nice Guys.” In 2016, Black told GQ that he was planning to produce a heist film “by my friend Steve Wilder.”

Black defended his decision to cast Striegel in a small part in “The Predator” as a jogger who repeatedly hits on Munn’s character.

“I personally chose to help a friend,” Black said in a written statement to The Times. “I can understand others might disapprove, as his conviction was on a sensitive charge and not to be taken lightly.”

But he said he has long believed that Striegel was “caught up in a bad situation versus something lecherous.”

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    • #46059 Reply

      Well I am finely glad NARSOL opened up this article as it says a lot to the people that are wrapped up in situations like this. It also tells one about justice and how justice can run amuck and that is why people should look for true justice in these types of ordeals. Sure we could all use Mark Twain’s “Truth is stranger than fiction but true justice is not a fictious game of tagg.

      We could even go with a movie, All the president’s men but I’m sure one couldn’t honesty get “Honest Abe” to play the part. Sure one should be ashamed of American Government to put barriers on people in these types of ordeals. Sure one is talking about actors. While I have my attempted indecent liberties and using a computer to solicit a child it seems odd that one was the actor and the other was the fall guy. Well thats America folks but we all can make a difference and thats what NARSOL has been striving to do by help others as we all look for change.

      Sure these ordeals take on different processes but the real party is the operator that sets these things in motion to entice. I wonder how someone can take indecent liberties on someone that wanted to take advantage of one in this type of fake justice via a computer.

    • #46063 Reply
      David Kennerly

      This impulse, to purge former “sex offenders” forever from society, is the most salient characteristic of social purification movements in which the “impure” are to be permanently cast-out from society while also publicly signaling ones own impeccable moral probity.

      To counter these facile virtue signals which have overtaken our world today, we must be prepared to call them out individually whenever and wherever they occur. It is really important that they not go unchallenged. It is only through consistent and dogged responses to this din of shrieking illiberalism that we will begin to make a difference.

    • #46079 Reply
      Chris Andrew

      Mike Tyson lured and raped a beauty contestant member in a hotel and look at him now. Broadway play, movie rolls in the Hangover, and a cartoon on the Cartoon network. Why is he pardoned yet others are not. Give me a break. This country has become a laughing stock. Hypocrites!!!

    • #46114 Reply
      Dave Ingleby

      This is just wrong to have a class of people banished from society for their transgressions forever. What is the man supposed to do, be destitute and unable to support himself in this world. What happened to paying your debt to society? If we are going to have a permanent banished class, perhaps we should just execute them upon conviction? Is that a society you want to live in? I believe in second chances and I believe everyone deserves one. Sounds like he never actually followed through and actually did anything to this supposed minor. Give him some jail time, as they did, but Jesus let the man have a job after. Frankly, I’d feel safer with some of these men that had learned their lessons then I would with the uncaught offender, wouldn’t you?

      • #46133 Reply

        “What is the man supposed to do, be destitute and unable to support himself in this world?”

        That is the obvious intention with every single law, restriction, and ordinance initiated with regards to registrants. It is, as you alluded, today’s accepted method and alternative for this so called free and just society to resolve their inability to consciencely justify the extinguishment of our very lives; forget the false notion of one settling their debt of a crime. Rather, today our much more “matured” society” has grown and chosen to abandon the old normal and antiquated methods of , execution, other violent methods, and bannishment as punishment. Today, its virtally the same bannishment, shame, poverty, and death but via legislation…

    • #46108 Reply
      B. Webb

      I have always watched the Predator movies, since the first, this one I will skip. It is a shame that people even after serving time, or probation/parole, they still are treated like lepers. I have two daughters that were sexually assaulted, I could hate persons convicted of sex offenses, but I believe that is wrong. My youngest child was groomed starting at age 13, she was assaulted at age 15, I know they have both been through a lot, but I was so proud of my youngest when she walked out of her Criminal Justice Class in protest of the sex offender laws. She believes that there should be forgiveness, and that once they have served their time it should be done. These punishments, laws and restrictions are so over zealous, and so desperately need to be reformed. It always saddens me to read articles like the one mentioned above.

      • #46109 Reply
        B. Webb

        Sorry reread my post, I meant that I watch the type of movies like Predator, an action mystery type and have always watched them since the first movies I can remember.

      • #46132 Reply

        He’s not pardoned. He still must register. While true, Tyson was convicted, I think many people who have researched his case found it somewhat questionable. That’s not to say he’s not guilty, I don’t truley know. But the circumstances and motives did raise questions for alot of people.

        Still, you’re right, he was convicted. And, he has appeared in several films lately. “The Hangover”, was a favorite of mine and Tyson was great in it. So, my thought is maybe, a director is giving him a break after such a long conviction without re-offense? If so, I’m really ok with that. Very ok with it in fact. We all, everyone of us, screw up; some, much worse than others. But, I don’t mind people being given 2nd chances after a bit.

        Tysons was young, a fierce fighter, and all the money hounds had their hands on him. Tyson came from less than nothing…He would at under 21 years old be treated like a God, not just by boxing agents, but in many ways even by the public. True, Holifield gave him an earful (yep, I said that), but Tysons toe-lifting uppercut was always the hammer of Thor it seemed…and anyone who faced him knew they better take a step back when he took a step forward.

        True, later, we surprisingly and out he was in fact…a human…a stupid, young, stupid stupid (I mention stupid?) human. So, we convicted him. Well, apparently he wasn’t eligible for execution..or, else, certainly we would have fried him… today, he has served his time, and now he’s free (sans a registry, of course) and he’s remarkably seemed to been trouble free. Wow. Do what you want, but I say, let him be in a movie..anytime…hell, i’ll l fork over my $25 for any movie he’s in now; not because he’s a great actor-he sux; although, I do find him funny. Fact is, there’s something human about him – he can actually laugh and smile at himself now…I can relate to that. I’ll support him for that and because he’s a never surrender fighter. IRON MIKE is ok in my book.

      • #46135 Reply

        It’s refreshing to hear that point of view, especially understanding what you and your daughters experienced; Im truly sorry for anything they may have gone through as a result. I realize there’s nothing I can say that might help. I will say this though… I think most all of us who have made a mistake and hurt people we care about truly wish there was some way we could take back their hurt and directly help their healing. God knows, I wish there was a way

    • #46134 Reply

      There’s a million of us now, with a million different backgrounds, experiences, families, and friends.

      I reckon if we arent good enough to be cast in a movie, we aren’t good enough to pay for and watch it either.

    • #46179 Reply

      But yet Roman Polanski’s films are not banned in the USA. And he has the support of big name Hollyweird celebrities telling the California prosecutors to leave him alone after all these years. Gee, how come the rest of us can’t be left alone after all the years that have passed since our offenses? Hmmmmmmmm

    • #46243 Reply

      You ever wonder how a lot of these articles that NARSOL present have a common theme about them that is the Sex offender or Predator. Almost like a movie script. So whats real and whats not real or whats deceptive today in a court of Justice. I wonder if everyone got the real meaning of what NBC’s Perverted Justice was really about. Should one be guilty of set-up, pre planned enticement a police officer via a computer? Course I believe back than they used paid people to induce others and play would be teenage hookers, as real police didn’t want to do those things as that it would degrade there status.

      Now if thats justice or assumed justice than where does the physical crime come in. I guess one doesn’t have to have an actual victim to call it a crime. I wonder who’s intent they are intending to uphold. Sure authority is good if it is used as it waas intended to be used or are we all being recorded in thought and deed. I guess having a potty mouth on TV can be dabbed over today as they say in the movies.

      Actually all this sex offender stuff thats cut and pasted to glamorize those in authority is a bit underhanded and discriminating . I’m just wondering who’s playing Three’s Compay today via the computer and the tape recorder. Is it the man behind the badge or it the transgression of the plot in all this soliciting of a police officer. I wonder who has the starying rollof the one playing the harlot, or is this a bad version of Disney’s lady and the tramp.

    • #47845 Reply
      Jerry P.

      As I understood it an actor or two came to the defense of the directors choice?? Commenting on forgiveness… When the actress was on Ellen she talked briefly about the issue. Ellen applauded the actress’ choice on notifying FOX.

      I’ve got to say a little of my respect for Ellen died that day… I can name a few Hollywood types who’ve been arrested and had their case in front of a court of law… (Paula Poundstone, The director of Powder… H.W. Kevin Spacey, Bill Cosby… Just to name a few)

      I, for one, believe in forgiveness…

      I hope to be forgiven some day…

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