The Scandals And Drama Behind 'Don't Worry Darling'

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  The Scandals and Dramas Behind Olivia Wilde's Don't Worry Darling"
Florence Pugh and Harry Styles star in Don't Worry Darling. © YouTube/Warner Bros. DE, SpotOn

Rarely has the start of a film experienced such a press hype as 'Don't Worry Darling'. Starting with the headline that from director Olivia Wilde (38) and main actor Harry Styles (28) became a couple right up to Harry's alleged spitting attack on fellow actors Chris Pine (42). In the past few weeks, the rumors have overshadowed the actual psychological thriller, which will be released in cinemas on September 22nd. The most important and scandalous headlines about 'Don't Worry Darling' at a glance.

Shia LaBeouf became Harry Styles

The film first attracted attention in September 2020. After Chris Pine , Florence Pugh (26) and Shia LaBeouf (36) when parts of the cast were announced, there was a surprising change. Harry Styles took over the male lead in place of Shia LaBeouf. The US industry journal 'Deadline' justified this with a scheduling conflict.

A few weeks later, negative headlines about Shia dominated the media. After being charged with assault and theft in October, Ex-girlfriend FKA Twigs (34) and singer Sia (46) made allegations of sexual abuse against the 36-year-old in December . Was there a connection between his exit from Don't Worry Darling and the subsequent headlines?

Florence Pugh was 'uncomfortable with Shia's behavior'

In August 2022, Olivia Wilde said in multiple interviews that she fired Shia LaBeouf at the request of lead actress Florence Pugh. She felt 'uncomfortable with Shia's behavior,' prompting the director to take action. The actor's 'belligerent energy' made a collaboration impossible.

Shia LaBeouf disagreed . He left the film 'due to lack of time for rehearsals,' he told Variety. He added an email exchange between Olivia Wilde and himself to his statements, as well as a video of the 38-year-old. In this she is apparently trying to dissuade the actor from leaving. She says she's not ready 'to give it up just yet.' His exit might be 'a wake-up call for Miss Flo,' the director also said.

In the video: Shia LaBeouf shoots his ex after allegations of abuse

  Shia LaBeouf shoots his ex

Argument between Florence and Olivia?

But it's even more spicy. Olivia Wilde's comment about Florence Pugh caused an uproar on social media. Rumors of a feud between the two women soon began to circulate. From production circles of the film it was said that the actresses had fallen out. The reason is Olivia's relationship with Harry Styles.

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Accordingly, she gave him full attention as a director. Perceptive users on TikTok also noted that Florence Pugh barely promoted 'Don't Worry Darling' on social media. Oliva Wilde, 26, dropped posts from Oliva Wilde gushed about how great the women's collaboration was uncommented.

Florence Pugh: 'That's not why I work in this industry.'

Two interviews with the actresses finally fueled the rumors of a dispute. In December 2021, Olivia Wilde spoke to Vogue about a scene in which Harry Styles and Florence Pugh's characters have oral sex. The director stressed that 'female hunger, and especially that kind of female lust' is all too seldom shown in cinema see. Florence Pugh then spoke to Haarper's Bazaar against reducing the film and her acting to sex scenes: 'When it's reduced to your sex scenes, or watching the most famous man in the world do what he's giving someone oral sex, that's not why we're doing it. That's not why I work in this industry.' The film and the people who made it are 'bigger and better than that'. A dig at the director?

Scandalous romance between Harry Styles and Olivia Wilde

In November, the separation of Olivia Wilde and her fiancé Jason Sudeikis (47) became known. Photos of her and Harry Styles holding hands at a wedding surfaced back in January. In the weeks that followed, more turtle pictures and numerous rumors about the liaison followed. Accordingly, the actress and the singer had already been dating when Olivia and Jason were still a couple. The age difference of ten years also caused a lot of discussion in the media.

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In April 2022, the relationship and separation drama culminated in an unusual scene at the CinemaCon in Las Vegas. When Olivia Wilde spoke about 'Don't Worry Darling' on stage, she was handed an envelope with the words 'personal and confidential.' It was apparently a custody request from ex Jason Sudeikis. The actress first commented on the incident in August. 'Jason's actions were clearly designed to threaten and take me by surprise,' Wilde quoted court documents as saying.

In the video: Harry Styles & Olivia Wilde's love nest is so beautiful

  Her love nest is so beautiful

unequal pay

Shortly before the film premiere in September, another negative headline made the rounds. This time around, rumor has it that Florence Pugh was paid a fraction of what her co-star Harry Styles was doing as the lead actress. Florence received $700,000 while Harry received $2.5 million. Speaking to Variety, Wilde contradicted the alleged salary difference between the cast a few days later.

The drama surrounding the film reached its climax when it premiered at the Venice Film Festival in early September. The fact that Harry Styles and Olivia Wilde traveled to the premiere in separate boats was a topic of conversation. Florence Pugh, on the other hand, did not appear as the main actress at the press conference, but only joined the cast on the red carpet.

Spit attack scandal

However, Harry Styles and Chris Pine caused the greatest excitement. After the screening, a clip of the two main actors caused an uproar on social media. There you can supposedly see how Harry spits into Chris' lap when he enters the room. A spokesperson for Chris Pine then said in a statement that it was 'a ridiculous story.' The rumor was 'a complete fabrication and the result of a weird online illusion that is clearly deceptive and allows for silly speculation.' Harry Styles joked at a concert in New York a few days later, 'I had to spit on Chris Pine just after Venice.'

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Neither Chris Pine nor Florence Pugh showed up for the premiere in New York on September 19. Official reason: The two were prevented due to filming.

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