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by Olivia Wilde Don’t worry honey it became one of the most talked about films of the year, for all the wrong reasons.
The release of the psychological thriller, starring Florence Pugh and Harry Styles, was overshadowed by rumors of feuding on the set.
But what is the truth behind the controversy?
As the film hits UK cinemas, here’s everything you need to know.
1. The alleged feud of Olivia Wilde and Florence Pugh
The alleged tensions between director Olivia Wilde and star Florence Pugh have been a major talking point on social media.
The couple had “several disagreements personally and professionally,” according to a source quoted by US Weekly.
Pugh is said to have “severely limited” his media engagements to promote the film.
He did not attend his premiere in New York earlier this week, and was also absent from a press conference at the Venice Film Festival on September 5.
A source who was on the set of the film told Rolling Stone: “From what I understand, there is friction, but I don’t know why.
“It’s clear enough [Pugh is] choosing not to be part of the PR. It is clearly not beneficial for Olivia not to have her in public relations. It must be a decision of Florence “.
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But another insider said, “I never noticed a second of tension on that set. Not even a second.”
Studio officials noted that Pugh is busy filming Dune: second part in Hungary.
In an interview with Variety, Wilde apparently alluded to the rumors condemning “tabloid media” for “[pitting] women against each other “.
He praised the Noon starring as “extraordinary” and “the most exciting young actress working today”.
2. Shia LeBoeuf on the outside, Harry Styles on the inside
Shia LeBoeuf was originally cast alongside Pugh as her on-screen husband, but she left the film in August 2020 and was replaced by Harry Styles.
Sources initially blamed the “scheduling conflicts,” but Wilde later claimed he fired LeBoeuf to create a “safe and reliable environment” on set.
He said: “I say this as someone who is such an admirer of his work. His trial was not conducive to the ethics I demand in my productions.”
LeBoeuf disputed this, claiming he chose to leave due to lack of rehearsal time.
In a further twist, a leaked video appeared to show Wilde saying he was “heartbroken” about LaBeouf’s release and wanted to “get it”.
After LaBeouf’s exit from the film, his ex-girlfriend FKA twigs sued him for “relentless abuse,” which he denies.
A reporter was prevented from asking Wilde a question about LaBeouf at the Venice Film Festival, fueling further controversy.
The film is Styles’ first major role in Hollywood, after small parts as Christopher Nolan Dunkirk and Marvel Eternal.
The release of a teaser trailer last month left some viewers baffled by its transatlantic accent.
3. The salaries of Harry Styles and Florence Pugh
Social media users spread unverified claims of a pay gap between Styles and Pugh in the film.
Earlier this year, a gossip website claimed Oscar nominee Pugh was paid three times less than her male co-star.
Film studios don’t disclose star salaries, but Wilde dismissed saying there was “absolutely no validity” in the reports.
She told Variety she was “really shocked” by “the absurdity of the invented clickbait and the subsequent reaction about a non-existent pay inequality.”
She added: “I am a woman who has worked in this industry for over 20 years, and it is something that I have fought for myself and for others, especially as a director.”
4. Olivia Wilde’s separation from Jason Sudeikis
Wilde and Styles began dating publicly in January 2021 after meeting on set. The A-list relationship has attracted countless column inches.
Wilde had previously been engaged Ted Lasso protagonist Jason Sudeikis, with whom he has two children.
In April, Wilde was served custody papers on behalf of Sudeikis while performing on stage at CinemaCon in Las Vegas to promote Don’t worry honey.
The director described the incident as “vicious”, adding: “In any other workplace, it would be seen as an attack.
“It was really upsetting. It shouldn’t have been able to happen. There was a huge security breach, which is really scary.”
A Sudeikis source said the plaintiff “was unaware of the time or place” where the documents would be served.
5. Lukewarm reviews from critics
The surrounding controversy Don’t worry honey it meant that all eyes were on the Venice Film Festival for its premiere.
Things took a bizarre turn when some fans accused Harry Styles of spitting on co-star Chris Pine’s lap as he sat down.
Pine had previously appeared rolling his eyes and “zone out” while Styles was speaking at the press conference.
A source close to Styles said the alleged spitting incident “wasn’t true”, while Pine’s rep said he called it “a complete invention”.
Pugh showed up at the Venice premiere after skipping the previous press conference, but she and Wilde reportedly “kept their distance” at the event.
Far from the alleged drama among the stars, the film got a lukewarm reception from critics in Venice.
The Guardian called it a “film abandoned in a desert of non-originality” while the Evening Standard called it “shiny but empty”.
The Independent said Styles’ performance was “lacking in charisma” and called the film a “messy and twisted affair”.
Don’t worry honey it’s out in theaters now.