Florence Pugh, the frontrunner of Don’t Worry Darling, has decided to skip the official press conference for the premiere of the film at the Venice Film Festival. The Olivia Wilde-directed film has recently been tinged with an unforgettable color of never-ending controversies. As the rumors and speculations keep bubbling up, fans have found a new reason to be disappointed: the absence of the famed Midsommar actress.
According to recent reports, despite constant denying on Wilde’s end, Pugh and the director, who’s hailed by Twitter as the most controversial, apparently had a falling out. The film marks Wilde’s sophomore directorial attempt. However, the negative reception from the fans following contradictory statements and conflicting tabloid reports tainted the endeavor, with many encouraging others to not support the film.
Florence Pugh’s Controversial Absence At The Film’s Press Conference
When it comes to the alleged feud, many have affirmed that filmmaker and actress Olivia Wilde supposedly threw Pugh ‘under the bus’, following several statements made toward Transformers actor Shia LaBeouf, who was the first choice for the character now played by English singer-songwriter Harry Styles. Alluding to the reasons behind firing LaBeouf and commenting on his style of working, Wilde had articulated that she was particularly troubled by his “behavior.”
Furthermore, the director concluded her affirmation by saying how she wanted to create an environment that would feel “safe” for lead actress Florence Pugh.
Other events had also come to the surface. While mostly rumored and alleged, there’s an intriguing question as to how much of it is true. One such speculation rose when reports surfaced of the Little Women alum reportedly getting underpaid, in contrary to her male lead, Harry Styles. However, such title-tattles were quickly denied.
Such an array of ongoing controversies has completely plagued the essence of the film. Discussed beyond the premise, with the media primarily focused on the behind-the-scenes scandals, Don’t Worry Darling is proving to be a catastrophe for all parties involved. It is no wonder the uber-talented and proficient actress wants nothing to do with the endeavor.
The fans, most confused and some quick to know who to blame, expressed their dismay at Pugh’s absence.
Fans Blame Olivia Wilde For Florence Pugh’s Non-attendance
While the actress will be present for the film’s red carpet event, she was not spotted at the film’s scheduled press conference. Ironically, at the Venice conference, Wilde was asked to put an end to the curious allegations surrounding the supposed feud between her and the Malevolent actress. Following is what the filmmaker had to say:
“Florence is a force. We are so grateful she’s able to make it tonight [for the red carpet event] despite being in production on Dune … As for all the endless tabloid gossip and all the noise out there, the Internet feeds itself. I don’t feel the need to contribute. I think it’s sufficiently well-nourished.”
While Olivia Wilde suggested that the MCU actress, renowned for her role as Yelena Belova, is busy with the production of another film, the fans, on the other hand, have chosen to stick with different reasonings to explain the lack of the actress at the event.
who do we blame ? *knows the answer already*
— ash 🌐 (@uchislove) September 4, 2022
embarrassing for the whole movie Promotion but as she should
— al is home🏠 (@juicerry) September 4, 2022
Team Flo as always
— Camila28 (@tiredeyes28) September 4, 2022
i’m so fucking sad we won’t get harry and flo content
— ella🌊 (@wipedoutIwt) September 4, 2022
Olivia really robbed us from gorgeous flo on the festival and a lot of harry and flo content
— louiukiwi (@louuskiwi) September 4, 2022
she's not a big character in Dune and Timothée did the press conference for his new movie and he is literally the main character in Dune lmao it's obvious she doesn't want to promote this movie.
— m. (@wildesunflowers) September 4, 2022
As some fans put their thinking hats on, while others wallow over the non-attendance of the acclaimed actress, it can be undoubtedly ascertained that if the premise of the film does not live up to the promise of a good story to tell, its existence will only be remembered as one of the most controversially tarnished productions to ever exist.
The verdict will be revealed quite soon.
Don’t Worry Darling is scheduled for a 23 September 2022 release.