Who needs to watch Olivia Wilde’s “Don’t Worry Darling” when the behind-the-scenes set keeps getting more and more entertaining?
Latest reports courtesy of vulture, which published a story on Friday assessing the film’s odds of scoring at the box office this weekend. The middle sources remained anonymous, most likely due to the fireballs they released.
A source who reportedly spent a good chunk of time on the set of “Darling” confirmed to the outlet that a major argument — no, a “screaming match” — took place between director Wilde and star Florence Pugh at January 2021, about three quarters. of the way through the filming.
Representatives for Wilde and Pugh did not immediately respond to Times requests for comment Friday.
Pugh was reportedly frustrated with the “Booksmart” director’s alleged frequent absences from the set, which also apparently involved co-star Harry Styles. Wilde and Styles began dating shortly after production began in the fall of 2020. (She and her ex-fiancé Jason Sudeikis split that November after dating since 2011 and getting engaged in 2013. They share a son and daughter.) .
“Olivia and Harry would just disappear,” the source told the Vulture.
Wilde addressed questions about a fight with Pugh during an appearance this week on Stephen Colbert’s late night show, and didn’t answer whether Styles actually spat on co-star Chris Pine (she says he didn’t).
He told Colbert that he “had nothing but respect for Florence’s talent” and “had nothing against her for any reason”.
By comparison, an earlier mention of Styles was much more effusive.
“I did a little victory dance when we found out we officially had Harry in the movie,” Wilde told Vogue in late 2020 after Styles officially replaced Shia LaBeouf, “because we knew he had a lot of appreciation for fashion and style. style. And this movie is incredibly stylish. It’s very lofty and opulent, and I’m very grateful that he’s so excited about that element of the process; some actors just don’t care.”
But apparently Pugh cared about at least having all the enthusiastic actors and directors available while people worked.
His disagreement with Wilde reportedly went all the way to the top brass of Warner Bros., according to the Vulture, with Toby Emmerich, then Warner Bros.’s most senior executive, forced to arbitrate a “long negotiating process” to keep Pugh on the team. throughout the film process.
The film’s promo has been scanned by Pugh, who showed up at its premiere at the Venice Film Festival but skipped the attendee press conference.
An unnamed executive told Vulture that the studio was unhappy with the way Wilde had handled his own promotional responsibilities, including the way he spoke about LaBeouf’s split with the “Don’t Worry Darling” crew.
“Olivia is either a crazy genius who figured out a way to make people more aware of the movie in a way that only increases the box office,” another source close to the production told the outlet, “or she doesn’t have any self-awareness that she’s screwed in her movie.”
“Don’t Worry Darling” is showing in theaters now.