Don’t Worry Darling Director and Cast Members Face Questions on Shia LaBeouf

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Don’t Worry Darling is making its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival in Italy, which means filmmaker Olivia Wilde and her cast have no choice but to face the press.

At the press conference, Wilde was faced with some direct questions about the controversy surrounding stars Florence Pugh and Shia LaBeouf that has been gracing pop culture moviegoers for weeks. 

She went to the event with cast members Harry Styles, Chris Pine, and Gemma Chan when I asked her about LaBeouf’s previous statements about her.

LaBeouf was originally part of Don’t Worry Darling, a thriller set in the 1950s, but later left the project.

Wilde previously stated that he departed as the actor “was not conducive to the ethos that I demand in my productions,” according to Variety. 

LaBeouf dismissed these statements that suggested he was fired, offering Variety text conversations and a clip of Wilde calling Pugh “Ms. Flo” (that has been leaked since) to show evidence he quit due to lack of rehearsal time. 

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Don’t Worry Darling Director and Cast Remains Tight Lipped

The Hollywood Reporter’s Alex Ritman tried to ask Wilde a question about LaBeouf at the Venice press conference; however, the moderator interfered. They stated that Wilde had previously talked about the “tabloid gossip”: “It’s on the internet.”

“Well, I just tried to ask Olivia Wilde a question about Shia LaBeouf at the DON’T WORRY DARLING press conference, but the festival wouldn’t let me,” Ritman wrote on Twitter after the event. 

Earlier, another reporter had asked Wilde about Pugh, who was interestingly absent for the conference although she has the leading role. But the latter appeared as planned on the Venice red carpet. 

“The internet feeds itself,” Wilde said, per the Associated Press report. “I don’t need to contribute; I think it’s significantly well-nourished.” 

She praised Pugh as “a force” and thanked her for arriving at Venice for the film’s promotion, although she had commitments with the sequel of Dune

Timothée Chalamet, also involved in Dune 2, showed up in Venice for a short appearance. He arrived to support his film Bones and All with his Call Me By Your Name filmmaker Luca Guadagnino. 

Wilde and her cast still have much time with the press as they take on the promotional tour for Don’t Worry Darling. But no one knows how they will or won’t talk about the reports of the drama behind the camera from now on.

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