She thinks it’s a “Wilde” accusation.
Olivia Wilde has doubled down on her claim that she fired Shia LaBeouf from ‘Don’t Worry Darling’, now alleging he gave her an ‘ultimatum’ on Florence Pugh.
“We had to replace Shia. He’s a fantastic actor, but it wasn’t going to work,” the film’s director, 38, said on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on Wednesday. “When he gave me the ultimatum of, you know, him or Florence, I chose Florence.”
In response to LaBeouf’s claim that Wilde begged him to stay on the project, she clarified, “He was the one who felt he was slipping away and I felt like we were moving on without him. .
“Early in the filmmaking process, as a director, I tried to mediate a situation between people to try to see if they could work together happily,” Wilde explained. “Once it became clear that this wasn’t a sustainable working relationship, I was given an ultimatum. I chose my actress — which I’m very happy about.
“At the time, was I disappointed that we couldn’t make it work? Yes. Did any information about him come to light later that convinced me we made the right decision? Yes,” she added, noting that a video of her asking LeBoeuf, 36, to stay on film was “taken out of context.”
Wilde also said it was a “matter of semantics” when asked if there was a possibility that she and LaBeouf were both telling the truth and there was just confusion.
“He wasn’t going to move forward the way he wanted, so he had to leave,” she said.
Despite talk of Wilde and Pugh disagreeing, the filmmaker had nothing but good things to say about the 26-year-old actress.
“She is sensational in this film. And it’s about being brave enough to listen to the brave people who came before her, who everyone ignored, and trusting your instincts,” Wilde said.
Wilde also called Pugh “brave” and a “superhero” for dismantling “the system” for women in Hollywood.
“Florence Pugh is as good at dramatic work as she is at acting. There are real action sequences in the film. She has a race, which I call her ‘Tom Cruise race.’ most impressive race I have ever seen,” she shared.
The “Booksmart” director also addressed rumors that Pugh deliberately skipped a “Don’t Worry Darling” press conference at the Venice Film Festival earlier this month.
“I have nothing but respect for Florence’s talent. She is fantastic. She is on the set of her movie ‘Dune [Part Two]’ right now,” she explained. “There’s nothing cooler than a busy actress. I have nothing against her for any reason.
But when Stephen Colbert pointed out that Pugh had been photographed drinking a cocktail at the time of the press conference, Wilde sidestepped the question and said it was sexist for people to pit her with Pugh one against the other. ‘other.
“I think what’s funny is that I don’t feel like my fellow male directors answer questions about their cast,” she fired back.
LaBeouf denied being fired by Wilde in August, saying his departure from “Don’t Worry Darling” had more to do with a scheduling conflict.
“You and I both know the reasons for my exit,” he reportedly wrote to Wilde in an email. “I stopped your film because your actors and I didn’t have time to rehearse.”
The ‘Even Stevens’ alum called on the former ‘OC’ actress to “correct the narrative,” adding, “Getting me fired never happened, Olivia. And while I fully understand the allure of pushing this story because of the current social landscape, the social currency it brings in. It’s not the truth.
At the time, a 2020 video was leaked of Wilde apparently pleading with LaBeouf to stay on board.
“I wanted to reach out because I feel like I’m not ready to let go of this yet,” she said at the time. “I too am heartbroken and want to understand this.”
The ‘House’ alum also alluded to the drama involving Pugh, saying, “I think this might be a bit of a red flag for Miss Flo, and I want to know if you’re ready to give it a shot with it. me, with us.”
Wilde added: “If she really commits, if she really puts her mind and heart into it at this point, and if you can make peace – and I respect your point of view, I respect hers – but if you can do it, what do you think?”
LaBeouf’s claims came after Wilde told Variety that she fired the actor to “protect” Pugh. He had previously been accused of abuse and sought treatment in early 2021.
LaBeouf was eventually replaced by Wilde’s now-boyfriend Harry Styles.
Wilde and the “Watermelon Sugar” singer, 28, met on the set of the psychological thriller and began dating shortly after her split from Jason Sudeikis. The director and ‘Ted Lasso’ star, 47, share two children – Otis, 8, and Daisy, 5 – and are in the midst of a nasty custody battle.
“Don’t Worry Darling” hits theaters Friday.