Olivia Wilde’s “Don’t Worry Darling” opens in theaters this week after a never-ending press tour that left many wondering if the inane stories about Shia LaBeouf and allegedly spitting box office expectations for the film. The drama surrounding Wilde and her relationship with stars Florence Pugh and Harry Styles has dominated the film’s coverage in recent months, adding heavily to the film’s content.
But so far, much of the drama surrounding the film has basically been fans connecting their own dots. Pugh was conspicuously absent from the press tour, but she has a handy excuse in the form of her duties on “Dune: Part Two,” which is currently filming in Budapest. Theories about the nature of Pugh’s feud with Wilde, and whether or not it was a result of Wilde’s relationship with Styles, are just theories. The film’s cinematographer Matthew Libatique even described the environment on set as “harmonious.”
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But a new report from Vulture provides more details on the behind-the-scenes drama plaguing “Don’t Worry Darling,” alleging that Pugh and Wilde engaged in a “screaming match” set in January 2021. Pugh was reportedly frustrated by Wilde’s frequent departures from Styles (with whom she began a romantic relationship soon after they broke up), as well as the couple’s decision to attend high-profile weddings despite frequently lecturing the staff. and for staff under COVID protocols.
In addition to the personal drama, there were also creative differences on set. IndieWire has reached out to Warner Bros. for comments.
“Florence would give input on how she thought the next scene should be shot when Olivia wasn’t there,” the story’s author, Chris Lee, revealed on Twitter. “She was like, ‘I’m directing this movie more than you!’ That happened at one point and people heard it. That spread around very quickly.”
That frayed relationship between the two actresses eventually forced high-ranking studio brass to intervene. According to the report, “allegedly, the tussle between Wilde and Pugh reached all the way to the top of the studio’s totem pole, and the highest-ranking Warner Bros. executive had to at the time, Toby Emmerich, played as a referee in a long game. negotiation process’ to ensure that Pugh would be involved in the life of the film.” (Pugh eventually showed up 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 playing in theaters.
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