Olivia Wilde discussed much of the drama surrounding her new movie “Don’t Worry Darling,” which has been plagued by rumors of feuds between various actors and Wilde herself, in an interview on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.” . The director and actress addressed the viral “spitgate” incident between Harry Styles and Chris Pine, saying questions about whether she fired actor Shia LaBeouf from the film, or he chose to leave is a matter of “semantics.” .
LaBeouf was originally slated to play a lead role in “Don’t Worry Darling,” but Wilde in August said variety she had fired the actor because “his process was not conducive to the spirit that I demand in my productions.” LaBeouf then responded, saying he left the film due to lack of rehearsal time, and provided variety with texts he exchanged with Wilde and a video she sent him after he left the film, in which he appears to ask if he would be willing. to come back In the video, Wilde also appears to reference actress Florence Pugh, who plays the wife of the character LaBeouf was originally cast to play before being replaced by Harry Styles.
“You know, I think this might be a little wake-up call for Miss Flo, and I want to know if you’re willing to try it with me, with us,” Wilde said in the video, according to Variety.
On Wednesday, Wilde told his side of the story, telling Colbert that he “tried to mediate a situation between people to try to see if they could work happily together.”
“Once it became clear that it was not a sustainable working relationship, they gave me an ultimatum,” he said. “I chose my actress, and I am very happy that I did.”
He also said that the information LaBeouf provided to Variety had been taken out of context.
“At the time, what bothered me that we couldn’t make it work? Yes. Did information come to light about him later that made me confident we made the right decision? Yes,” Wilde said, apparently referencing theagainst LaBeouf in which he accused the actor of assault and sexual assault.
Asked directly by Colbert if he had fired LaBeouf, Wilde responded, “We had to replace Shia. He’s a fantastic actor, but it wasn’t going to work. When he gave me the ultimatum of, you know, him or Florence, I Florence chose, and it was him feeling like he was walking away and me feeling like we were moving on without him.”
Pressed further, Wilde said the question of whether he was fired or resigned came down to a “question of semantics.”
Wilde also addressed the viral “spitgate” incident, in which people on social media believed a video from the Venice Film Festival showed Styles spitting on Pine as the former sat down for a screening of the film.
Wilde, who was sitting next to Pine, told Colbert that Styles “didn’t” spit on Pine.
“I think it’s a perfect example of people looking for drama wherever they can,” he said. “Harry didn’t actually spit on Chris.”
Ultimately, Wilde responded to rumors that she and Pugh have a rocky relationship, telling Colbert that she “has nothing but respect for Florence’s talent. She’s fantastic.”
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