“Protecting other actors”: Olivia Wilde reveals why she dismissed Shia LaBeouf from her feature film

Controversial actor Shia LaBeouf was supposed to play the male lead in Olivia Wilde’s upcoming film, in theaters September 21. But the director ultimately dropped him from the project and cast Harry Styles instead. She explains why.

VSThis may be one of the most anticipated films of September. But also the one whose actors make the most ink flow. don’t worry darlingthe feature film by and with Olivia Wilde hits theaters on September 21. This thriller which chronicles the life of a Californian community in the 1950s from the point of view of a housewife played by Florence Pugh could have been quite different. The main male role is now held by Harry Styles, but it was the controversial Shia LaBeouf who was originally supposed to play opposite Pugh. In an interview for varietyOlivia Wilde explains thatshe preferred to remove him from the project to “protect the other actors”.

“I say this as an admirer of her work. But her process was not what I ask for in my productions. In a way, he exuded a fighting energyand I don’t think that leads to the best performances,” says the director.

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On the contrary, Olivia Wilde was in favor of a more benevolent atmosphere for her actors. Shia LaBeouf was therefore pushed out as soon as filming began in 2020, and Harry Styles, whom Wilde already wanted to cast for the role but was then unavailable, was called back – thanks to the cancellation. of his tour due to Covid.

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A few months later, Shia LaBeouf’s ex-girlfriend, FKA Twigs, sued him for sexual assault. “What came out afterwards disturbed me, says Olivia Wilde. For our film, I knew that I was going to ask Florence Pugh to put herself in situations of vulnerability and my priority was to make her feel safe and supported.”

The film was therefore shot in good conditions, if we are to believe Olivia Wilde. The after is perhaps a little more complicated to manage. In addition to speculation about the romantic relationship between Harry Styles and the director, rumors swirl about actors’ salaries. Florence Pugh would have been paid less than her male counterpart, yet a novice in the cinema. Rumor refuted by the director: “I’ve been in this industry for 20 years and I fought for equal pay, like others, especially as a director. These rumors are completely unfounded.”

“Protecting other actors”: Olivia Wilde reveals why she dismissed Shia LaBeouf from her feature film