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.
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.”
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.
Well, I just tried to ask Olivia Wilde a question about Shia LaBeouf at the DON'T WORRY DARLING press conference, but the festival wouldn't let me. #Venezia79
— Alex Ritman (@alexritman) September 5, 2022
You had an opportunity to ask the incredibly talented cast about the film itself but decided to mention a violent abuser that they don’t want to be associated with instead. Deserved.
— Justyna (@justynametrak) September 5, 2022
well i mean, there were many journalists there waiting to ask questions about the project itself or what the cast had to say about their work together but you wasted perfectly good airtime to ask a question abt something completely irrelevant. what did you expect to happen?
— key role, riveting𓂆ᴴ (@palstineseaview) September 5, 2022
it was so awkward it was a completely valid question and wouldve given them the opportunity to clear up the rumours the only explanation is that the dramas true and olivia’s in the wrong
— bigger than em🏠 (@bluepandas28) September 5, 2022
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.
that was one of the most awkward press conferences I've ever seen, your question would've made it even better…
— 15juneHL (@15juneHL) September 5, 2022
A bunch of cowards!!! You are so real for asking!!!! Appreciate it!!!!
— Bigger than Ray ✨️ (@OTB_protector) September 5, 2022
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.