As “Don’t Worry Darling” arrives in theaters Friday as 2022’s “hottest movie mess,” a new report offers another look at the dysfunctional production with allegations Olivia Wilde and Florence Pugh were “screaming” at each other because director Wilde allegedly made herself scarce from the set to be with new boyfriend, Harry Styles.
As Vulture also reported, the psychological sci-fi thriller, set in a 1950s suburban utopia and starring Pugh and Styles as wife and husband, arrives with uncertain box office prospects. That’s because of poor reviews and negative publicity about the behind-the-scenes drama involving Wilde, Pugh, Wilde’s romance with Styles, and the director’s controversial statements about why she replaced troubled actor Shia LaBeouf with Styles.
Over the past couple of weeks, Wilde has tried to downplay reports of a feud with Pugh, telling Stephen Colbert on his show Wednesday night, “I have nothing but respect for Florence’s talent.” She also said, “I have nothing against her for any reason.”
Wilde also suggested to Colbert that people are wrongly looking for drama “anywhere they can,” seemingly referring to her possible feud with Pugh.
Pugh has refused to do more than the barest minimum of media appearances in support of the film, which Vulture said “has been parsed as confirmation of her animus toward Wilde.”
An anonymous source confirmed conflicts on the set to Vulture. The source, who spent significant time on the set, said that “a blowout argument” between Pugh and Wilde took place in January 2021, about three-quarters of the way through filming.
Pugh may have been sympathetic to Jason Suidekis, Wilde’s now ex-fiancé. There are conflicting reports about when Wilde and the “Ted Lasso” star broke up. Last year, Sudeikis told GQ that the relationship ended in November 2020, about a month after filming for the “Stepford Wives”-style thriller began in Los Angeles.
Two months later, Wilde was photographed holding Styles’ hand at a friend’s wedding in Santa Barbara. People across the internet took Sudeikis’ timeline to be his way of suggesting that the relationships overlapped, Vanity Fair said.
More of Olivia wilde at Harry’s last show in NYC tonight
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— Harry Styles, Olivia Wilde updates (@Holiviaa1) September 22, 2022
In response to speculation that she was unfaithful to Sudeikis, Wilde told Vanity Fair earlier this month that their “relationship was over long before” meeting Styles on the “Don’t Worry Darling” set. A bitter custody battle also has broken out between Wilde and Sudeikis over custody of the two young children they share.
Pugh had other concerns about Wilde and Styles getting together, Vulture reported. She grew fed up with the director’s frequent unexplained absences.
“Olivia and Harry would just disappear,” the source told Vulture, confirming earlier reports from Page Six and the industry newsletter, The Puck. The breaking point came when Pugh and Wilde broke into a “screaming match,” the source told Vulture.
The acrimony between Wilde and Pugh allegedly reached “all the way to the top of the studio totem pole,” with the highest-ranking Warner Bros. executive at the time, …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment