Olivia Munn turned down Deadpool role because she didn’t want to be ‘eye candy’

The actress, who stars as Psylocke in X-Men: Apocalypse, wanted fight scenes

Olivia Munn turned down a role opposite Ryan Reynolds playing Deadpool’s girlfriend because she wanted to be in the thick of the action.

The actress, who is 35, will instead play the psychic mutant Psylocke in this month’s blockbuster X-Men: Apocalypse, in which she definitely gets to fight.

“I thought Psylocke was always one of the most lethal characters,” Munn told American Way, “and I said, ‘Yes [I’ll take the role], 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’.”

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Even though Deadpool went on to break various records – amongst other things, it’s currently the biggest-grossing X-Men movie of all time – and took a whopping $761.2m (£525.7m) on a budget of $58m) (£40m), Munn insisted she was happy with her decision.

The role of Deadpool’s girlfriend Vanessa was eventually taken by Morena Baccarin, and she is genuinely considered quote a strong female character – even if she didn’t get to display the mutant skills of her comic book counterpart.

Munn will appear swinging a purple sword as Psylocke, in X-Men Apocalypse, which is out in the UK on 18 May.