The Don’t Worry, Darling PR team has more to worry about – sources say Florence Pugh and Olivia Wilde had a screaming match on set.
At this point, the drama around Don’t Worry, Darling could have its own movie. In fact, we’re pretty sure we’d watch the heck out of that over the actual movie itself. But gather round ye of too much interest in gossip, because Florence Pugh sitting out the press tour and Olivia Wilde badmouthing Pugh to Shia LaBeouf wasn’t nearly all of it.
In a Vulture feature, multiple sources have come forward to throw light on just how much of a mess the Don’t Worry, Darling set was. Not least of which was the screaming match between Florence Pugh and Olivia Wilde.
Speaking to Vulture, a source who spent ‘significant time’ on the movie’s set pegged the timeline of the confrontation to January 2021. Pugh, according to the report, was tired of Wilde absconding from set with her boyfriend and the movie’s male lead, Harry Styles.
“Olivia and Harry would just disappear,” the source told Vulture. The aforementioned screaming match followed shortly after.
This stands in direct contrast to Wilde’s claims throughout the press tour, where she denied allegations of enmity with Pugh despite damning evidence stating otherwise.
Wilde called herself a ‘mother wolf’ and claimed she had a ‘responsibility’ towards Pugh and the latter’s concerns about Shia LaBeouf, who was slotted in to play the male lead before Styles – but a video released by LaBeouf showed Wilde asking LaBeouf to reconsider leaving the movie and claiming Florence Pugh needed a reality check.
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The source speaking to Vulture also explained that the feud between Pugh and Wilde raised red flags all the way to the upper echelons of the Warner Bros studios. Concerned about the profits and the promotions, a high-ranking executive also played the mediator in a “long negotiation process” so as to convince Pugh to reconsider sitting out the press cycle.
This is hardly the first time Wilde’s disappearance from the set has been brought up. Amidst the many, many tidbits of drama – from ‘spit-gate’ to Chris Pine’s disinterest in the tour – was also the rumour that other people, including Pugh herself, sometimes had to step in to direct scenes.
Wilde, however, denied the speculations in a recent interview.
“The idea that I had five seconds in the day to be distracted by anything is laughable. I was there before everyone. I was there after everyone. And it was a dream. It’s not like this work was not enjoyable. It was just all-encompassing.” she told Vanity Fair.
Wilde also added that her way was to give Pugh ‘space and to be there if she needed anything’: “I think she often just needed the time and space to focus.”
Yeah, looks like the Don’t Worry, Darling press team has more to worry about.
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Florence Pugh and Olivia Wilde got into a "screaming match" on the set of #DontWorryDarling and Flo was so mad she told then-Warner Bros boss Toby Emmerich she wasn't going to promote DWD in a "long negotiation process." My report: https://t.co/EzHBn9XFrg
— Chris Lee (@__ChrisLee) September 23, 2022