Shia LaBeouf’s expulsion from “Don’t Worry, Darling” is still a claim Olivia Wilde stands by, this time claiming Florence Pugh was the reason for his “ultimatum” to her. “As the director, I tried to arbitrate a situation early on in the making of the picture to try to see if individuals could work together peacefully,” Wilde said. “Once it was evident that we could not continue working together, I was offered a stark choice. I’m glad I got to pick my own actress.
Shia needed to be swapped out. The film’s director, 38, claimed on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on Wednesday that although the actor was excellent, the script just wasn’t going to work. I selected Florence when he gave me the choice between him and him, he said. She responded to LaBeouf’s assertion that Wilde had pleaded with him to continue working on the film, saying, “That was him feeling he was stepping away and me feeling that we were moving on without him.
Was I disappointed that we couldn’t make things work at the time? Yes. Did anything more turn up about him later that reassured me we’d made the proper choice? It was “taken out of context,” she said, because video showing her pleading with LeBoeuf, then 36, to remain in the film. When questioned if it was possible that she and LaBeouf were both telling the truth and there was only confusion, Wilde answered it was a “matter of semantics.” She explained that “it wasn’t going to move forward in a way he wanted it to,” therefore he had to leave. Wilde and Pugh were rumored to have had a rocky relationship, but the director had nothing but praise for the 26-year-old actress.
Having met on the set of the psychological thriller, Wilde and the 28-year-old “Watermelon Sugar” singer started dating soon after her and Jason Sudeikis’ relationship ended. The director and the 47-year-old star of “Ted Lasso” are embroiled in a vicious custody dispute over their two children, Otis, 8, and Daisy, 5. Wilde said Variety that she fired LaBeouf in order to “protect” Pugh, which prompted LaBeouf to make his accusations. He had been accused of abuse in the past, and in early 2021 he decided to get help.