Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Harry Styles-Olivia Wilde Much Hyped Movie, “Don’t Worry Darling,” Causing Worries as PR Scandals Increase


So, just to recap: Olivia Wilde says she fired Shia LaBeouf from “Don’t Worry Darling” to protect her cast, especially Florence Pugh. She recast the role with Harry Styles, with whom she apparently began a personal relationship.

LaBeouf insists he quit, was not fired, and has the receipts. Pugh is evidently feuding with Wilde for having the affair openly on set while they were filming. Pugh plays Styles’ wife, and it may have been difficult to act her part while the director was canoodling the co-star.

Now a Harry Styles fan blog has leaked LaBeouf’s big receipt –something Wilde made in her car, a video on Face Time– begging Shia not to give up on the production and throwing Pugh under the bus.

The wheels on that metaphoric bus are now coming off “Don’t Worry Darling,” which doesn’t open for a month and is in a PR free fall. Vanity Fair’s movie critic, Richard Lawson, Tweeted: “Maybe worry a little, darling.”

What a mess. Overhyped like a balloon meant to pop from too much helium, “Don’t Worry Darling” is going to face a crazed red carpet at the Venice Film Festival soon. How Wilde will escape all of this mess is a good question. Pugh is ducking press, and Styles would be smart to stay out of it.

Wilde should never have discussed any of this in her recent interviews, from the stuff with Pugh to the way Shia left the picture. She shouldn’t have commented on her domestic issues with Jason Sudeikis, either.

On top of all this, the buzz on “Don’t Worry Darling” turned sour this week as press got to see it in New York and Los Angeles. It’s sounding more and more like a “Stepford Wives” remake.

Lesson always to be remembered: when things unravel, they unravel fast.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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