Olivia Wilde Avoids Question About Shia LaBeouf
Olivia Wilde’s Don’t Worry Darling took the show at the 2022 Venice Film Festival, despite the fact that it has yet to be officially released.
During a press conference for the upcoming thriller, which stars Florence Pugh, Harry Styles, Gemma Chan, and Chris Pine on September 4, Olivia discussed Florence’s performance and what it was like working with Florence.
“Florence is a force,” Olivia said before noting her absence from the news conference, according to CNN. “We are very thrilled that she is able to make it tonight despite being in the middle of Dune production. As a filmmaker, I know how disruptive it is to lose an actor even for a day, so I’m thankful to her, grateful to Denis Villeneuve for assisting us, and we’re pleased to be able to appreciate her work tonight.”
Olivia went on, “I can’t express how grateful I am to have her as our leader. She’s fantastic in the flick.”
Despite the fact that Florence was unable to attend the press conference, she was spotted arriving at the Venice airport on September 5 and is scheduled to walk the red carpet at the Don’t Worry Darling premiere later that day.
While Olivia enthusiastically applauded Florence’s work, she briefly addressed allegations of a feud, adding, “I mean, the internet feeds itself with all the endless tabloid gossip and nonsense out there. I don’t feel compelled to participate. I believe it is sufficiently fed.”
When asked about Shia LaBeouf, who was originally scheduled to play the lead actor opposite Florence but was replaced by Harry, Olivia completely shut down the subject.
“I believe that question has been answered,” Olivia stated flatly.
Olivia claimed last month that she sacked Shia from the picture, telling Variety in an interview, “His process did not reflect the ethics that I expect in my films. He has a process that appears to require confrontational energy in certain aspects, which I don’t believe is conducive to the best results.”
Olivia, who previously stated that she respected Shia’s work, continued, “Finally, it is my obligation to defend the project and the cast. That was my responsibility.”
Shia later claimed that he was not fired from Don’t Worry Darling and that he left on his own accord.
“I am really humbled by your remarks about my work; thank you, it felt good to read,” Shia replied to Olivia in an email acquired by Variety. “However, I am perplexed by the story that I was dismissed; you and I both know the reasons for my departure: I resigned from your picture because your actors and I couldn’t find time to rehearse.”
“Firing me never happened, Olivia,” he said further in his message. “And, while I completely appreciate the appeal of pushing that tale given the current social context and the social currency it offers, it is not the truth.”
So, as someone who cares about making things right, I respectfully request that you correct the narrative as best you can. I hope none of this has a negative impact on you and that your film is successful in every manner you want it to be.”
E! News previously contacted representatives for LaBeouf and Wilde but has yet to receive a response.