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Olivia Wilde spills truth on ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ drama

She’s not worried, honey!

Olivia Wilde spoke about the drama surrounding her highly anticipated movie “Don’t Worry Darling,” including Shia LaBeouf’s tumultuous departure from the movie “Spit-Gate” and her apparent feud with Florence Pugh.

Wilde, 38, who directed the film, appeared on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on Wednesday, ahead of the psychological thriller’s release on Friday, with the drama appearing on-screen only.

Wilde said she acted in the best interests of lead actress Pugh to keep her “safe” from LaBeouf — who was originally cast as the male lead before being replaced by Harry Styles — when Colbert pressured over the situation.

Wilde denied many of the rumors surrounding the film.
The late show
Florence Pugh was not at the film's New York premiere, sparking rumors of tensions between the cast.
Florence Pugh was not at the film’s New York premiere, sparking rumors of tensions between the cast.
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Wilde said she and LaBeuof have different reasons why he left the film.
Wilde said she and LaBeouf have different reasons why he left the film.
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“When it became clear that it was not a sustainable working relationship, I was given an ultimatum,” she told the presenter.

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“I have chosen my actress, which I am very happy with,” she continued. “At the time, was it a shame 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.”

Wilde said he gave her an ultimatum between her and Pugh, saying she chose Pugh and that she thinks she and LaBeouf see his departure from the film differently.

“When he gave me the ultimatum of him or Florence, I chose Florence, and it was him who felt like he was giving up, and I felt like we were moving on without him,” she explained.

Colbert then addressed “Spit-Gate” — the speculation Styles spewed on Chris Pine at the Venice Film Festival — which she dismissed as simply untrue.

“No he hasn’t. But I think it’s a perfect example of people looking for drama everywhere. Harry didn’t spit on Chris,” she said, with Colbert jokingly intervening with, “Time will tell.”

Finally, Wilde spoke about her relationship with Pugh, saying she has “nothing against her” despite rumors of conflict.

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“I have nothing but respect for Florence’s talent,” she told Colbert. ‘She’s fantastic. She’s on the set of her movie ‘Dune’ right now, and there’s nothing cooler than a busy actress. I have nothing against her for whatever reason.”

Wilde then wondered why male directors aren’t asked to dish out the drama from the set of their films, predicting that if a man directed it, people would “actually talk about the film itself.”

“They are praised for being tyrannical. They can be examined over and over, but conversations about their real talent or about the film itself are still not caught up,” she told Colbert. “This is something we are used to. They’re just very different standards being created for women and men in the world as a whole.”

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