Spitting rumors, tensions on the set … How the film “Don’t Worry Darling” made “promo” rhyme with “chaos” at the Venice Film Festival

Spitting rumors, tensions on the set … How the film “Don’t Worry Darling” made “promo” rhyme with “chaos” at the Venice Film Festival

Will the Deauville Festival be entitled to the same atmosphere as the Venice Film Festival? Dont’ Worry Darling, the second film by American actress and director Olivia Wilde, is presented on the beaches of Calvados on Saturday 10 September. After its passage through the Serenissima on Monday, the film and its cast will be scrutinized. Because, between the rumor of spitting of the singer and actor Harry Styles on his playing partner Chris Pine, that of estrangement between the members of the team and the union minimum provided by the main actress Florence Pugh for the promotion of the film, the media and social networks have had a field day trying to disentangle fact from fiction. Franceinfo explains why Don’t Worry Darling caused a sensation.

Olivia Wilde says she fired Shia LaBeouf

A few days before the presentation of the film in Italy, on August 24, the director Olivia Wilde gives an interview to the magazine variety (in English) where she explains why she replaced Shia LaBeouf, originally chosen to play one of the main characters, with singer and actor Harry Styles. “I say it while being a person who admires his work. His creative process was not compatible with the ethics that I demand on my productions”, she explains. It is true that the star of transformers doesn’t always have a good reputation on set.

Above all, weighs on him a complaint from his ex-girlfriend, the singer FKA Twigs, for domestic violence. “A lot of things happened because of his behavior that troubled me (…) I knew that with this particular project, I was going to put Florence [Pugh] in a position of vulnerability. My priority was for her to feel safe and supported.”adds Olivia Wilde.

Shia LaBeouf denies, revealing messages sent by Olivia Wilde

Except that the actor has, in the process, assured, always in variety (in English), that he was doing very badly at the time of filming, in 2020, and that he had chosen, on his own, to leave the project. He even shares with the magazine, to support his version, messages sent by the director where she writes to him: “It’s never nice to say no to someone and I respect your honesty”. “I’m honored that you wanted to do this project with me, that I could tell this story with you. I’m sad, because it could have been something special”she wrote to him.

Shia LaBeouf also forwards to variety a video, claiming it was sent to him by Olivia Wilde. The short sequence soon went viral. At the wheel of a car, the actress and director tries to convince the actor to return to the project, while pointing out the behavior of actress Florence Pugh, whom she nicknames “Miss Flo”. I’m not ready to give up. I am also heartbroken and want to understand what happened. You know, I think this might be a red flag for Miss Flo, and I want to know if you’re ready to give it a shot with me, with us. If she really gets involved, with her mind and her heart, and if you can make peace – I respect your point of view, and hers – is there any hope? Tell me what you think?Relaunched on the subject at a press conference in Venice, the director did not answer, the debate moderator declined the question.

Did Harry Styles spit on Chris Pine? The “spitgate” ignites Twitter

Following the film’s screening in Venice, a scene stirred Twitter on Tuesday. Harry Styles arrives in the room, to the applause of his partner Chris Pine and director Olivia Wilde seated next to him. The singer leans towards the star of star trek before sitting down. Chris Pine suddenly changes his attitude. This is how the “spitgate” (the “spitting scandal”) is born. Did Harry Styles spit on Chris Pine? Videos and slow-motion images are looping on social networks, everyone trying to dissect the sequence. Other Twitter users simply pointed out that Chris Pine stopped cheering because he had just found his sunglasses he thought were lost.

Impossible to obtain the version of the principals concerned. However, the agent of the actor has denied any “spitgate” in a press release whose The Hollywood Reporter echoes (in English). “This is a ridiculous, totally fabricated story, and the result of a bizarre online illusion that is clearly misleading and allows for foolish speculation, the rep said. Let’s be clear, Harry Styles didn’t spit on Chris Pine. There is nothing but respect between these two men and insinuating otherwise and a blatant attempt to create drama that just doesn’t exist.”

Signs of tension between Florence Pugh and Olivia Wilde

The attitude of the main actress of the film, the Briton Florence Pugh, also caused a stir. She only arrived in Venice for the screening of the film, thus missing the team’s press conference, as reported BuzzFeed (in English). The filming of Dunes 2 in Budapest is taking too long, suggests Olivia Wilde, visibly uncomfortable. The argument can make you smile. Timothée Chalamet, the star of Denis Villeneuve’s film, parades through the streets of La Sérénissime. As for Florence Pugh, she appears in a video, all smiles, a glass of Spritz in her hand, seeming to be delighted to arrive in Venice.

Upon arriving on the red carpet, the 26-year-old actress hugs everyone, except Olivia Wilde and Harry Styles, busy signing autographs, reports BuzzFeed (in English) who publishes the photos. Rebelote during the 4-minute standing ovation after the screening, Florence Pugh embraces Gemma Chan and Nick Kroll, two other cast members, but ignores Harry Styles, Chris Pine and Olivia Wilde. She ends up slipping away before the end.

Why such behavior? Tensions between the members of the cast appeared during the filming, relates PageSix (in English), with the backdrop of the relationship started by Olivia Wilde and Harry Styles. The release of the film’s trailer in May, and the focus on the sex scene between Florence Pugh and Harry Styles, seems to have heightened tensions.

Interviewed by the magazine Harper’s Bazaar (in English)Florence Pugh regrets that the film and its interpretation are reduced to this sequence: “That’s not why I’m in this business. Obviously, when you hire the most famous pop star in the world, you can’t avoid this kind of conversation. But I just refuse to discuss it, because it’s movie is better than that.”

Faced with the press in Venice, Olivia Wilde tried to calm things down by calling Florence Pugh a real “strength” For the movie.As far as all the endless tabloid gossip and noise goes, the internet feeds on itself. I don’t feel obligated to contribute.”, she added. But the rumors won’t stop since Rebecca Corbin-Murray, Florence Pugh’s stylist, commented on a photo of the actress on instagram with a caption full of innuendo: “Miss Flo”. Continuation of the promo (and chaos?) in Deauville.

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