Didn’t you follow the chaotic promotion of the film directed by Olivia Wilde, with Harry Styles queerbaiting, when he’s not spitting on Chris Pine or missing his American accent, while Florence Pugh ensures the bare minimum in the media? Here is the recap.
When reality surpasses fiction, it makes for a movie promotional marathon that’s more captivating than the feature film itself. Let’s start from the beginning.
In Don’t Worry Darling, Harry Styles replaced Shia LaBeouf
Olivia Wilde is the director of film Don’t Worry Darlingwhich will be released on September 21, 2022. To headline, she originally cast Florence Pugh as the housewife heroine opposite Shia Labeouf to play her husband. However, the actor collects accusations of sexual violence, in particular against the artist FKA twigs (she will find herself on trial facing him on April 17, 2023).
He therefore chose to leave the project before filming in summer 2020. Since then, the director has claimed (to variety on August 24, 2022) having dismissed it herself in order to ensure a shooting “ safe “.
What the actor publicly denied (to variety, August 26, 2022), text messages from 2020 in support where the director was enthusiastic about having cast it despite everything. Also emerged a video of Olivia Wilde in August 2020 calling Shia LaBeouf back to insist he keep the role, because she wouldn’t ” ready to give it all up » and wishes that « things settle down ” with Florence Pugh whom she calls ” miss flo “.
Indeed, the actress, a convinced feminist, surely did not appreciate this initial casting choice, which could explain the cold between her and the actor accused of sexual violence. Added to this is the information that Olivia Wilde still insisted on keeping it private in 2020, while in 2022 she pretended to have dismissed it for security reasons.
Angry with Olivia Wilde, Florence Pugh does the minimum promo of Don’t worry darling
The director therefore cast at short notice Harry Styles to replace the controversial Shia LaBeouf on the set in 2020. However, according to the trailer and the first reviews of the film in 2022, the interpretation of the British singer would leave much to be desired, in particular his fake American accent. What add fuel to the fire of the legitimate anger of Florence Pugh.
This context could therefore partly explain why Florence Pugh appears so little publicly during the promotional marathon of Don’t Worry Darling. When she comes there, we clearly see her keeping her distance from Olivia Wilde and Harry Styles, who became a couple during the filming (did you say conflict of interest?).
At the Venice Film Festival, the filmmaker announced that Florence Pugh would surely not be able to come. However, the actress arrived at the last moment at the photocall of the day, all dressed in purple Valentino, a cocktail in hand (enough to give a video with great meme potential). For the evening red carpet, the full cast was finally reunited. While we might have expected to see director Olivia Wilde in the center surrounded by her two headliners, Florence Pugh and Harry Styles, at least one person separates them on each side.
Why did Harry Styles spit on Chris Pine and kiss Nick Kroll at the Venice Film Festival?
As if that weren’t enough to visualize the tensions in the air, Harry Styles went for it. At the time of the screening of the film at the Venice Film Festival on September 5, 2022, a video of him shows him completely ignoring Olivia Wilde, and sitting next to Chris Pine, on which it then seems to spit. The American actor stared at his own leg, flabbergasted, before licking his lips as if to blur a received postilion. At the end of the screening, rather than hugging his director-companion, Harry Styles kissed actor Nick Kroll on the mouth (enough to revive the accusations of queerbaitingBut this is another story).
And this, during a four-minute standing ovation, during which Florence Pugh, seated well away from Olivia Wilde, danced with Nick Kroll, before disappearing after three minutes, which prompted the rest of the cast to follow her (with the filmmaker in the back of the line), as reported variety.
The film is therefore not even out yet that the dramas accumulate, but also the theories to try to understand the why and how and the extent of these internal entanglements.
One can largely understand the annoyance of Florence Pugh who was first cast as a sexual predator as a co-star before being replaced by a dodgy singer who is actually dating the filmmaker.
The latter probably also had a lot of financial pressure on her shoulders, which could partly explain why she insisted on keeping Shia LaBeouf in the cast..
Would it be precisely a media diversion, in order to divert the attention of the general public from this initial basic problem caused by his companion? And at the same time, increase the buzz around the film in order to ensure its success? ‘Cause there’s no bad publicity, don’t worry darling.
Don’t Worry Darling’s Promotional Drama Is Already Inspiring Memes
And given the number of memes that are already being created around all this promotional drama, this could prove to be a winning strategy. But at what cost ? That of to forget Florence Pugh’s legitimate grievance?
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