Another day, another message on the drama surrounding “don’t worry darling.” Anyone else tired of the rumors surrounding this movie? Well, director Olivia Wilde is fed up now too, and she said so in her recent interview with Stephen Colbert on “The Late Show.”
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Variety reports that Wilde addressed almost everything in her interview with Colbert. First up is the Internet theory Harry Styles spit on something Chris Kiefer during the world premiere of the film in the Venice Film Festival. “Harry actually didn’t spit at Chris,” Wilde said to Colbert. Always a gallant prankster, Colbert quipped back, “Only time will tell. We’ll see,” which made Wilde laugh. Why do so many people believe this ridiculous story? “I think it’s a perfect example of people looking for drama wherever they can,” the director explained. True enough, Ms. Wilde, but the story also drew more attention to Don’t Worry Darling, which, let’s be honest, you kind of wanted.
But Wilde insisted that wasn’t the case and that she feels the internet chatter about her film has changed the way she views life online as a whole. “The whole experience kind of changed the way I think about the internet,” Wilde continued. “But actually it’s kind of ironic, because that’s really what the film is all about. The film is about the narratives we are fed and whether we accept them or question their sources.” Yes, it’s true that certain narratives, especially online, should be wary of, but this doesn’t quite explain, while Wilde sort of enjoyed all the drama leading up to the film. After all, not all attention is good attention. Shouldn’t Wilde already know that?
On to the next rumor: whether or not Wilde fired former lead Shia LaBeouf before production of Don’t Worry Darling began. “Right from the start of filming, as a director, I was trying to mediate a situation between people to see if they could happily work together,” Wilde explained. “When it became clear that the cooperation was not sustainable, I was given an ultimatum. I chose my actress – which I’m very happy about. Was I angry at the time that we didn’t get it right? Yes. Did information about him later come to light that convinced me that we made the right decision? Yes.” Then, in a closing statement, Wilde said, “We had to replace Shia. When he gave the ultimatum — him or Florence — I chose Florence.”
So that’s it, and to quote LaBeouf’s current state of affairs, “It is what it is.” But significantly, Wilde didn’t mention anything about her leading lady Florence Pugh and whether she and Wilde had a falling out during the film’s production. This is the oldest rumor surrounding “Don’t Worry Darling” and maybe also the most legitimate story. Wild silence on the matter speaks volumes, but chances are no one will ever know the full story. Wilde and Pugh didn’t pose together on the red carpet at the film’s Venice premiere, which added fuel to the fire, but Wilde had none of it during the film’s Venice press conference. “Florence is a stunner,” he said at the time. “As for all the endless tabloid gossip and noise out there, the internet feeds itself. I don’t feel the need to contribute; I think it is sufficiently well fed.”
And no one should feel the need to add further fodder to the “Don’t Worry Darling” rumours. Those stories should die out and the film should speak for itself when it hits theaters tomorrow. Reviews of the film have been mixed so far, and in terms of the film’s value, it’s the critical reviews, not the rumor mill, that should make Don’t Worry Darling worthwhile.