For a movie called don’t worry baby, the drama behind the scenes certainly has a lot of people worried and for good reason. If you are not sure why the Olivia Wilde directed movie starring Harry Styles and Florence Pugho has caused so much controversy, here’s a timeline of events to keep you in the loop.
Brace yourself, buddies.
Shit is about to go wild (or should it be wild?).
Shia LeBouf stops filming
The movie has gone through some bizarre cast changes from the start.
Initially, Olivia Wilde would be Alice’s lead gal (Florence Pugho) bestie Bunny, but then Wilde went “nah, fuck it” and decided to direct the movie instead.
Shia LeBouf was then cast as Jack (who later moved on to Harry Styles) and it was tumultuous from the start.
In August 2020, LaBeouf quit the film, citing “schedule conflicts” as the reason, although we’ll find out later that other forces were at play.
Oh, we should also mention that Dakota Johnson was cast in a role at one point before leaving for unknown reasons.
Messy, messy, messy.
The relationship between Olivia Wilde and Harry Styles takes off
In mid-November, Olivia Wilde announced her farewell to Jason Sudeikistell with a source Entertainment tonight “they just fell out of love in a romantic way, but still have love for each other as human beings.”
Another source insisted that “there was absolutely no drama or scandal, they just weren’t working as a couple anymore. If you’re looking for a juicy story, it just isn’t there.”
Although we would later learn that that was absolutely not the case.
By January 2021, it was announced that she and Harry had supposedly formed a romance on set.
Photos have surfaced of the couple holding hands as they attended a friend’s wedding together.
“They were in Montecito, California for a wedding this weekend,” a source told People at the time.
“They were affectionate around their friends, holding hands and looking very happy. They’ve been dating for a few weeks now.”
Harry Styles and Olivia Wilde Twins in Gucci at Jeff Azoff’s Wedding https://t.co/TWvibon6J7 pic.twitter.com/VRjaZRKwxP
— Page Six (@PageSix) January 4, 2021
Meanwhile, a source told Entertainment tonight that the couple met on the set of Don’t worry baby and fell in love.
“Olivia and Harry spend long days on set together and have gotten to know each other really well, so it’s all very organic,” the source revealed.
“[Olivia] wouldn’t let a romantic relationship get in the way of a professional one, so everything they do is done carefully.”
Jason Sudekis Isn’t Happy With Olivia Wilde Dating Harry Styles
Conflicting reports have surfaced about Sudekis’s feelings towards his ex’s much-discussed new relationship.
“Olivia and Jason talk all the time and are still close because of the kids. It is highly unlikely that he was blind to this news,” a source told ET.
While another source told People that Sudekis was “absolutely heartbroken about the split. There’s still a lot of love out there, and he’d like to hope there might be a way for them to fix things. But what happens next remains to be seen.”
People are starting to speculate that Olivia Wilde and Harry Styles are having a fake relationship
Shortly thereafter, rumors began to circulate that the timing of Wilde and Styles’ relationship is a ruse to gain publicity for the film, which was already off to a rocky start.
To counter this, a source revealed to: Entertainment tonight that the romance of Wilde and Styles is legitimate (certainly, Jan).
“[The wedding photos were] absolutely not leaked or staged for any promotional reason,” a source told the site, insisting they were taken and shared without the couple’s knowledge.
Jason Sudekis leaves Olivia Wilde onstage at CinemaCon. serve with legal papers
I know you’re probably thinking this particular incident has nothing to do with the movie, but it certainly adds to the growing tensions surrounding the protagonists here.
During a lecture on the stage of CinemaCon, Wilde got legal papers from her now-ex Jason Sudekis.
Olivia Wilde with the legal letters on stage at CinemaCon. (Credit: Getty)
Wilde punched Sudekis in her later Variety interview, accusing him of “sabotage” her big moment.
“There’s a reason I left that relationship,” she told the magazine.
This indicated that things between the couple were not as nice and dandy as they had initially led us to believe.
Rumors of a fight over Florence Pugh and Olivia Wilde are circulating
When the don’t worry baby trailer dropped earlier this year, fans noticed that Florence Pugh was the only cast member not to crow about it on social media. Which led people to think she shouldn’t be happy with the production.
Then, in July of this year, Page six published rumors claim that that Pugh was angry about the relationship between Wilde and Styles.
“I can tell you with certainty that Flo seeing Olivia and Harry walking over each other on set didn’t go well,” said a source.
Styles and Pugh in the don’t worry baby trailer. (Credit: don’t worry baby)
Rumors of the pay gap between Florence Pugh and Harry Styles
It was later rumored that Styles was paid three times more for the film than Pugh, who is more of an established actress.
Showbiz galore shared a report claiming that Pugh was paid AUD$1 million for the film, while Styles made a “yuge”$3.6 million.
Wilde later shot these rumors in her Variety.
“The absurdity of made-up clickbait and the subsequent reaction regarding a non-existent pay gap between our lead and supporting actors really upset me,” she said.
“I’m a woman who’s been in this business for over 20 years, and it’s something I’ve fought for myself and others, especially as a director. Those claims are absolutely not valid.”
The madman of Olivia Wilde Variety interview
And now we’re at the Variety interview, when the shit really hit the fan.
During the interview for the magazine in which Wilde graced the cover, she tried to quash all the controversy surrounding the film, but instead fanned the flames like crazy.
Perhaps the most chaotic moment was when she claimed that Shia LeBouf had been fired from the film early on due to an explosion between him and Pugh.
“I say this as someone who is such an admirer of his work: His process was not conducive to the ethos I demand in my productions,” Wilde told the outlet.
“He has a process that in some ways seems to require a combative energy, and I personally don’t believe that is conducive to the best performance.”
Shia LeBouf leaks emails and a video disproving Oliva Wilde’s claims
A pissed-off Shia LeBouf hit back at Wilde’s claims that he was fired from the movie, insisting that he leave of his own accord.
The disgraced actor emailed Variety screenshots of texts Wilde reportedly sent him in August 2020 after telling her he wanted to quit.
“It doesn’t feel good to say no to someone, and I respect your honesty,” Wilde is said to have written in one text.
“I’m gutted because it could have been something special.”
LaBeouf claimed he “officially” quit the day after he received that message, which was reportedly sent on Aug. 16.
He also shared a video that went on to do the rounds on social media, in which Wilde continued to beg him to return to production after his fight with Pugh.
In the video, she even calls out Pugh and says their fight should be a “wake-up call” for her.
here is the video of olivia telling shia that she wants to fix it and that as ‘miss flo’ could ‘promise’ more than could happen.
please ignore that hashtag on the video i didn’t post there. pic.twitter.com/vAQPBqPRYE
— sophia (@hellopugh) August 26, 2022
In his email to VarietyLeBouf said Wilde made it “harder” for him to “crawl out of the hole” he left his previous allegations of abuse against his ex-girlfriend FKA Twigs.
“This situation with your film and my ‘firing’ will never have a court date to deal with the facts. If lies are repeated enough in public, they become truth,” he wrote.
“Nobody was ever fired, Olivia,” LaBeouf continued. “And while I fully understand the appeal of pushing that story because of the current social landscape, the social currency that comes with it. It is not the truth.”
Florence Pugh and Harry Styles reportedly back from promo opps for don’t worry baby
And the most recent tea we stole from deuxmoi is that after all this scandal, both Florence Pugh and Harry Styles have refused to participate in interview opps and appearances to promote the film.
Another insider told the cover that the only promo in which Pugh will participate is her presence at the premiere of the Venice Film Festival.
We haven’t seen either protagonist contribute to a public promo yet. It’s just been Olivia, which is… odd.
In the meantime don’t worry babythe most worrying film of 2022, will hit theaters on October 6. And may God have mercy on us all.
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