It is no wonder that several of the actors do not get along with each other due to a difference in their working styles. Midsommar (2019) actress Florence Pugh is no different for having trouble adapting to Shia LaBeouf’s working style which resulted in him getting kicked out of the film by director Olivia Wilde. The role was later replaced by Harry Styles in Olivia Wilde’s Don’t Worry Darling.
Olivia Wilde’s “No A**Holes policy”
Before the casting of Florence Pugh and Shia LaBeouf as the lead actors in Don’t Worry Darling, it was actually Olivia Wilde who was cast as the heroine. Feeling that a younger cast was required for the movie, she later opted out and cast Florence Pugh in her stead and Shia LaBeouf as the lead actor. Olivia Wilde later decided to kick the Transformers hero due to his improper working method which had a lot of collateral damage to his co-stars.
Originally reporting it as a “scheduling conflict” the director tried to remove Shia LaBeouf quietly before sources close to Variety blurted out a different tale. Stating the actor’s method to be uncomfortable for the director as well as the crew, the source also reported poor behavior on Shia LaBeouf’s part. The actor was later replaced 3 months after by none other than the English singer-songwriter, Harry Styles.
Speaking in an interview after firing Shia LaBeouf, here’s what the director had to say,
“A lot came to light after this happened that really troubled me, in terms of his behavior. For our film, what we really needed was an energy that was incredibly supportive. Particularly with a movie like this, I knew that I was going to be asking Florence to be in very vulnerable situations, and my priority was making her feel safe and making her feel supported.”
Florence Pugh, who found fame by playing Yelena Belova in the MCU, later stated that people were more interested in the sex scenes featured in the movie rather than the story and the “why” of the movie.
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After his firing from Don’t Worry Darling, singer, and actress FKA Twigs, who had dated LaBeouf for a year filed a lawsuit against her former partner which included crimes like sexual abuse, strangulation, and giving the singer an STD knowingly. The director of the film Olivia Wilde publicly supported FKA Twigs’ behavior which only confirms the problems with the actor’s behavior.
Don’t Worry Darling features Harry Styles and Florence Pugh as the lead actors in which Pugh will play the role of Alice, a housewife who grows suspicious of his husband Jack’s behavior in 1950’s Victory, California. The film is slated for a release date on 23rd September 2022.