Olivia Wilde’s “Don’t Worry Darling” finally hits theaters this week after a seemingly endless press tour that left many wondering if countless stories about Shia LaBeouf and alleged spats would kill the film’s box office prospects office. The drama surrounding Wilde and her relationships with stars Florence Pugh and Harry Styles has dominated coverage of the film in recent months, largely overshadowing the content of the film itself.
But so far, much of the drama surrounding the film has essentially amounted to fans connecting their own dots. Pugh was conspicuously absent from the press tour, but she has a convenient excuse in the form of her duties on “Dune: Part Two,” which is currently filming in Budapest. Theories about the nature of Pugh’s feud with Wilde, and whether or not it was a result of Wilde’s relationship with Styles, are still just theories. The film’s cinematographer Matthew Libatique even described the environment on set as “harmonious”.
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But a new report from Vulture offers more details on the behind-the-scenes drama that plagued “Don’t Worry Darling,” claiming that Pugh and Wilde engaged in a “shouting match” on set in January 2021. Pugh he was reportedly frustrated by Wilde’s frequent disappearances with Styles (with whom she began a romance shortly after his casting), as well as the couple’s decision to attend a high-profile wedding despite frequently lecturing the cast and the workshop on COVID protocols.
In addition to the personal drama, there were also creative differences on set. IndieWire reached out to Warner Bros. for comments.
“Florence would give input on how she thought the next scene should be shot when Olivia wasn’t there,” the story’s writer, Chris Lee, revealed on Twitter. “He was like, ‘I’m directing this movie more than you are!’ He shouted this at one point and the people heard it. This spread everywhere very quickly.”
This frayed relationship between the two actors eventually forced the high-ranking studio brass to intervene. According to the report, “the resentment between Wilde and Pugh reportedly reached the top of the studio totem pole, with the highest-ranking Warner Bros. negotiation process’ to ensure that Pugh would be involved in the film’s lifecycle.’ (Pugh eventually appeared in Venice for the film’s world premiere, though she missed the press conference due to her travel schedule and did not attend the film’s New York premiere.)
“Don’t Worry Darling” is now playing in theaters.
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