‘That was one of the most awkward press conferences ever’: Award Winning Journalist Shut Down for Asking Don’t Worry Darling Director Olivia Wilde about Shia LaBeouf

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Despite having a star-studded cast and an interesting plot, Don’t Worry Darling has become famous for a completely different reason, being quite a controversial production. Directed by Olivia Wilde, the movie is her second directorial feature.

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Florence Pugh and Olivia Wilde reportedly clashed over the production and promotion of the film.

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Set as a psychological thriller, the movie stars Florence Pugh and Harry Styles as a couple in the 1950s. Many actors were dropped and replaced during the production of the movie, including Shia LaBeouf and Dakota Johnson, leading fans to speculate about the possibility of conflict on set.


Olivia Wilde and her beef with Shia LaBeouf

Amongst all the on-set controversies, the replacement of the Megalopolis actor Shia LaBeouf seems to have garnered a lot of attention. While commenting on the firing of Shia LaBeouf, Olivia Wilde said that his method of working was too unsafe and wasn’t what she was looking for, further stating:

“As someone who is such an admirer of his work, [LaBeouf’s] process was not conducive to the ethos that I demand in my productions. He has a process that, in some ways, seems to require a combative energy, and I don’t personally believe that is conducive to the best performances.”

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Don’t Worry Darling is said to be inspired by the works of Inception, The Matrix, and The Truman Show.

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Shia LaBeouf in reaction denied the validity of the claims, as he asserted to have left the set of Don’t Worry Darling on his own accord, despite insistence from the director to keep working. The actor even forwarded emails that he sent to the director, it included:


“You and I both know the reasons for my exit. I quit your film because your actors and I couldn’t find time to rehearse.”

Journalist shot down for bringing up Shia LaBeouf

Olivia Wilde has been bombarded with questions related to the actor for a long time and she’s been avoiding them since. The incident was once again observed at the 79th Venice International Film Festival, where a journalist from The Hollywood Reporter tried to ask the question but was shut down.

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Don’t Worry Darling director Olivia Wilde.

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The moderator had prevented the reporter from finishing his line or questioning, by reasoning that she had already answered that question. This question came after the director was once again asked to comment on the absence of Florence Pugh, with whom she’s had a falling out too.

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The fans on Twitter reacted in a varied manner, with many finding the question a waste of perfectly good air time, whereas others believed that answering the question could’ve helped the director clear out the air.

Source: Twitter


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Nikhil Makwana is a writer for FandomWire, with interests in DC comics, anime, indie films, independent films, and Nicolas Cage. He’s pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in BBA,LLB from IFIM Law School. When he’s not writing, he reads books such as the classic Dune series and existential essays from Albert Camus and Jean-Paul Sartre.