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“He gave me an ultimatum”: Olivia Wilde Defends Herself, Says Shia LaBeouf Made Her Choose Between Him and Florence Pugh For ‘Don’t Worry Darling’

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In most cases, the production of a movie usually doesn’t involve a lot of complications other than the technical and financing aspects of it. But Warner Bros Pictures’ Don’t Worry Darling is one such exception among movies that have been surrounded by drama, coming from the main members of the crew on set.

The ongoing drama surrounding several members of the crew, namely director Olivia Wilde along with her cast members Harry Styles and Florence Pugh as well as the dismissed Shia LaBeouf has troubled the release of the movie for quite some time now. Regardless of everything that happened, the director cleared up a common misconception about the drama surrounding the removal of Shia LaBeouf.

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It Was Either Florence Pugh Or Shia LaBeouf In Don’t Worry Darling

Starting with Florence Pugh, the actress has been really quiet on the promotional front for a movie in which she plays a lead role. This mainly comes from the reported feud arising from her dislike of Olivia Wilde’s affair-turned-relationship with co-star Harry Styles.

The actress has posted only one social media post on Instagram that gives a nod toward the existence of Don’t Worry Darling.

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As for Shia LaBeouf, the actor’s fallout with Wilde comes not only after his early dismissal from the movie’s cast team but also from his disappointment and disagreement with Wilde claiming that he was kicked from the set simply because of a “scheduling conflict”.

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Who speaks the truth? We do not know, but it is Wilde herself who has revealed in a recent appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert that she was given an ultimatum by LaBeouf- either he stays on set, or Pugh does-

“We had to replace Shia. He is a fantastic actor, but it wasn’t gonna work. When he gave me the ultimatum of, you know, him or Florence, I chose Florence.”

It’s been a wild ride for the 38-year-old director as well as for her movie days before its release. She can only hope that all the drama settles down by the end of this year so that she can start fresh with a clean slate.

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Olivia Wilde Praises Don’t Worry Darling Star Florence Pugh

Florence Pugh’s minimal effort in promoting her new psychological thriller movie Don’t Worry Darling has surely sparked a lot of rumors as well as tabloid articles about the relations between her and the movie’s director Olivia Wilde.

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Despite all the negative chatter going on around the two, Wilde cleared the air by praising her movie star during her recent appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert-

“She is sensational in this film. And it is about her being brave enough to listen to the brave people who’ve come before her, who everyone else has ignored, and trust her instincts.”

Wilde adds that Pugh has an impressive “Tom Cruise run” in one of the few action sequences in the movie-

“Florence Pugh is as good at dramatic work as she is at action. There are real action sequences in the film. She has a run, which I refer to as her ‘Tom Cruise run.’ It’s the most impressive run I’ve ever seen.”

Wilde also took the opportunity to address some misconceptions about Pugh supposedly skipping the Don’t Worry Darling press conference in Venice earlier this month-

“I have nothing but respect for Florence’s talent. She’s fantastic. She’s on the set of her movie ‘Dune [Part Two]’ right now. There’s nothing cooler than a busy actress. I have nothing against her for any reason.”

It seems like the rumored feud between the two has just been tabloid talk, but we still cannot paint the full picture until we get an insight from Pugh herself on the matter.

Don’t Worry Darling releases in theaters on September 23, 2022.

Source: Page Six