Olivia Munn on Her Grueling Workout to Play Psylocke in X-Men: Apocalypse
The super-heroine Psylocke has appeared in Marvel comics since 1976 but hasn’t gotten much big-screen time until now. After a brief appearance in 2006’s “X-Men: The Last Stand,” the character battles it out in “X-Men: Apocalypse” in the form of actress Olivia Munn, who knew the pressure was on to make a good impression.
“To me the biggest, most important quality of getting to know Psylocke is just how lethal she is,” Munn tells Made in Hollywood reporter Kylie Erica Mar.
Creating that killer vibe would take a lot more than squeezing into the purple costume.
“The fight scene was really important,” explains Munn. “When I came onto the movie and I got to Montreal, I started training doing martial arts and tae kwon do and sword and wire work and stunt work and basically trained every single day for months just to shoot this fight scene so it could be as believable as possible. It was intense but it was worth it.”
The grueling workout, however, did cut into her time off. “When everybody else was out having fun and socializing, I was like: I got to go home because I’ve got to work out in the morning,” she says.
X-Men: Apocalypse with Olivia Munn Also Stars Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Sophie Turner
“X-Men: Apocalypse,” opening Friday, has the all-powerful mutant Apocalypse (played by Oscar Isaac of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”) coming out of a sleep lasting thousands of years in the mood the create a new world order, recruiting Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and other mutants. Lawrence and McAvoy lead a team of young X-Men to try to stop Apocalypse from destroying mankind.
Lawrence tells Made in Hollywood that she’ll be showing another shade of blue for Mystique as her shape-shifter beginning to mutate in a more mature direction.
“She’s starting to become a little less rebellious and see the world in broader way,” Lawrence says. “Maybe she’s getting a little maternal.”