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Olivia Wilde Addresses ‘Spitgate,’ Talks Shia LaBeouf in New Interview

Three years after she received much acclaim with her directorial debut smart booksparking a Golden Globe nod for Beanie Feldstein, Olivia Wilde is back on the big screen with her highly anticipated sequel don’t worry baby.

Unless you’ve somehow managed to completely avoid conversation with fellow humans in recent months, you’re well aware of the variety of viral moments surrounding the film’s release, including (but not limited to) some Wilde himself has now called “Spring Gate.”

The spit-focused frenzy — which started with a viral clip that many had claimed had Harry Styles’ saliva being directed towards his co-founder Chris Pine — soon sparked a statement from a Pine representative who claimed “a complete fabrication” born of a desire to further fuel “silly speculation.” Styles later joked about it on a show.

“But I think it’s a perfect example of, like, people will look for drama everywhere,” Wilde . said late show host Stephen Colbert on Wednesday’s show. “Harry didn’t actually spit on Chris. … However, that’s exactly what I mean. People can watch a video showing evidence that someone isn’t spitting on someone else and they will still see what they want to see. And that’s creating drama and that’s clickbait.”

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Wilde at the time answered a question about: DWD star Florence Pugh, with whom some have repeatedly speculated that she has mutual problems. Wilde refuted this story, noting that her male colleagues would not face the same questions about their cast, which Colbert agreed to.

“I have nothing against her for whatever reason,” Wild said of the “fantastic” Pugh, who plays Alice Chambers in the new film.

Another behind-the-scenes element of the process behind bringing DWD from the page to the screen that got a lot of attention is the previous involvement in the project of Shia LaBeouf, who was accused of abuse by former partner FKA twigs in December 2020.

Talk of the circumstances surrounding LaBeouf’s departure eventually grew into leaked reports, with both sides appearing to paint a very different picture of what happened during the early stages of the preparation process. On Wednesday late show chat, Wilde said LaBeouf gave her an “ultimatum” during what she described as mediation efforts between two of her stars.

“Early in the process of making the film, as a director, I tried to mediate in a situation between people to see if they could work together happily,” Wilde told Colbert on Wednesday. “When it became clear that the working relationship was not a sustainable one, I was given an ultimatum. I chose my actress, which I am very happy with. Was I sorry at the time that we couldn’t make it work? Secure. Did information about him come to light later that would make sure we had made the right decision? Absolute.”

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When asked directly if she had fired LaBeouf, Wilde went further, eventually concluding that “it’s a matter of semantics.” However, the project would “not progress” the way LaBeouf wanted it to.

“We had to replace Shia,” Wilde said. “He’s a fantastic actor, but it wouldn’t work. … When he gave me the ultimatum of him or Florence, I chose Florence. And that was that he felt like he was giving up and I felt we were moving on.” went without him.”

See more of Wilde and Colbert’s discussion above. don’t worry baby opens nationwide on Fridays and also features Gemma Chan, Nick Kroll and KiKi Layne among the expanded cast.

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