Olivia Wilde’s “Don’t Worry Darling” is finally hitting theaters this week after a seemingly endless press tour that has left many wondering if the myriad Shia LaBeouf stories and alleged spitting would kill the film’s blockbusters. The drama about Wilde and her relationships with stars Florence Pugh and Harry Styles has dominated coverage of the film in recent months, significantly overshadowing the content of the film itself.
But so far, much of the drama surrounding the film has essentially boiled down to fans connecting their own dots. Pugh was noticeably absent from the press tour, but she has a handy excuse in the form of her commitments for “Dune: Part Two,” which is currently being filmed in Budapest. Theories about the nature of Pugh’s feud with Wilde, and whether it was a result of Wilde’s relationship with Styles, are still just theories. The film’s cinematographer, Matthew Libatique, even described the setting on set as “harmonious.”
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But a new report from Vulture offers more details on the behind-the-scenes drama that has plagued “Don’t Worry Darling”, claiming that Pugh and Wilde had a “screaming match” on set in January 2021. Pugh was reportedly frustrated. due to Wilde’s frequent disappearances with Styles (with whom she began a romantic relationship shortly after casting him), as well as the couple’s decision to attend a high-profile wedding, despite the cast and crew regularly lecturing on COVID protocols.
In addition to the personal drama, there were also creative differences on set. IndieWire has contacted Warner Bros. for comment.
“Florence would provide input on how she thought the next scene should be shot if Olivia wasn’t there,” story author Chris Lee, revealed on Twitter. “She was like, ‘I’m directing this movie more than you!’ That was called at some point and people heard it and it spread very quickly.”
That shaky relationship between the two actresses eventually forced high-ranking studio buyers to intervene. According to the report, “the bitterness between Wilde and Pugh has reportedly reached the top of the studio totem pole, with Warner Bros. chief executive at the time, Toby Emmerich, forced to umpire a ‘long-term negotiation process’ to make sure.” to ensure that Pugh would participate in the film’s life cycle.” (Pugh eventually appeared in Venice for the film’s world premiere, although she missed the press conference due to her travel schedule and did not attend the film’s New York premiere.)
“Don’t Worry Darling” is now in theaters.
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