Olivia Munn Talks DELIVER US FROM EVIL, THE NEWSROOM Season 3, MORTDECAI, and Working with Jon Stewart and Johnny Depp

     July 4, 2014


Press junkets are weird.  First, you walk into a room in a fancy hotel where you come upon a complete stranger whose face you know well, and on whom you have been given a dossier.  Then, you sit down and for about four minutes this person is basically contractually obligated to answer your questions.  You talk, but it’s not really a conversation because both your questions and, generally speaking, his or her answers are scripted riffs.  This situation is even more strange if you initially knew this stranger’s face from a talk show where you saw her conducting interviews of her own.

This is the situation I found myself in when I sat down with actress Olivia Munn to discuss her role in director Scott Derrickson’s new, semi-fact-based religious thriller Deliver Us From Evil.  The Jerry Bruckheimer production, which also stars Eric Bana, Edgar Ramirez, and Joel McHale unfolds as a mix between Serpico and The Exorcist and is now playing in theaters nationwide.  During our discussion, Munn was forthcoming and seemingly unscripted. We talked about Jon Stewart taking a chance on her for The Daily Show, the shocking twist ending of The Newsroom, how her geek knowledge could have helped out during the action scenes, working with Johnny Depp and mustache fetishes for the upcoming Mortdecai, and more.  Hit the jump to watch the full interview, and be sure to check out our previous Deliver Us from Evil interviews with Derrickson, Bruckheimer, Ramirez, and real-life counterpart Ralph Sarchie.

Mortdecai-Olivia-MunnThis interview was fun and Munn gives some unique insight into the long and winding road that makes up a career and tells a few good jokes.  But first, here’s what she had to say about Mortdecai.

Olivia Munn:  Thats such a fun movie.  Its an art heist comedy with Johnny [Depp] and Gwyneth Paltrow and Ewan McGregor.  Working with Johnny is so much fun because he is so much this character and it is so much fun to play opposite him.  My character and his character, we both have very big characters who have very big ways of living their lives.  And my character has some mustache fetishes and things that come with that.  But it was fun because, when youre playing against somebody who plays such big characters, but in a very real way, thats the most fun.  These characters are very extreme, but to them theyre just living life.  And it was fun to just be allowed to play with that caliber of movie star.  Ive definitely often times felt like I won a raffle at the grocery store. Its like, Hey you guys. I have to be here, you have to let me be here because I got the ticket. So you cant make me go home.

Here’s what Munn talked about during the interview:

  • Do you feel a Kinship with Joel McHale and Scott Derrickson as three people who came from unlikely paths to starring in July 4th wide release movies?
  • What happens next season on The Newsroom?
  • Using your geek knowledge, how could you have helped the boys out during the action scenes?
  • Do you believe in the supernatural? Have you ever seen a ghost?
  • What can you tell us about Mortdecai?

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  • Steven

    Yes please.

  • Willy Billy

    Yes please.

  • Willy Billy

    Yes please.

  • Johnny

    Attack of the Show sucked, just figured i say that.

  • Kevin Carter

    I bet Tea Leone looks at her and thinks, “Damn, she is a bad actor”

    • Terry Smith

      Yes, she’s such a bad actor that A-list producers and Oscar winning writers like Jerry Bruckheimer and Aaron Sorkin hire her to star (mind you, not bit parts, but star) in their projects. Tina Fey & Jon Stewart believe in her. However, what do they know? Nobodies like you know so much better than these people who make millions for being talented – including Olivia. She’s “bad acting” all the way to the bank (last checked worth almost $6M) & across from losers like Johnny Depp, Jeff Daniels, Sam Waterston, Sara Jessica Parker, etc.

      • Kevin Carter

        Alright sweety, calm down. It’s called a joke. You know, “ha ha” and all that. Olivia would be so proud of you. Keep up the good work.

        What happened to this comment? “I bet that basement you live in gets really cold in the winter and your parents wish you’d moved out already.” Pure genius my friend…

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  • James franco

    It’s amazing that people find Brett ratners sloppy seconds attractive…

    • Terry Smith

      It’s amazing how stupid people like you are. Obviously you didn’t bother to read that Brett admitted live on Howard Stern that he lied about Olivia Munn and apologized to her. Brett is a creep who lost his Oscar producing job partly over that lie and other creepy stuff he did. http://insidemovies.ew.com/2011/11/07/brett-ratner-olivia-munn-gay-slur/

      • Kevin Carter

        He’s off again. lol. And liking your own posts? You must be popular.

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