Olivia Wilde’s video plea to reconcile former “Don’t Worry Darling” actor Shia LaBeouf and current star Florence Pugh leaked online Friday amid further controversy surrounding on-set tension between the film’s stars. and the director.
According to the dissemination of the 45 second clip“Miss Flo” — the nickname Wilde uses for the top-billed actress — quickly began to gain popularity on Twitter as users berated the filmmaker’s seemingly dismissive attitude toward Pugh’s concerns.
The video — which was sent to LaBeouf on August 19, 2020, according to Variety — sees the “Booksmart” director behind the wheel of a vehicle, asking for LaBeouf’s return, as she’s “not ready to give up on this yet.” .”
“I’m also heartbroken and I want to figure this out,” Wilde says in the video, which was reportedly sent to LaBeouf two days after he claimed he left the film. “You know, I think this might be a bit of a wake-up call for Miss Flo, and I want to know if you’re open to trying this with me, with us. If she’s really committed, if she’s really putting her heart and heart into it right now 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? Is there hope? Will you let me know?”
Wilde representatives did not respond to requests for comment.
The news comes amid TheWrap exclusive that Pugh is limiting her promotional press appearances for “Don’t Worry Darling,” so far only a stop at the Venice Film Festival for the film’s red carpet premiere. The reasoning cited is the successive shooting of the actress for “Dune: Part Two”, which is currently being shot in Budapest, and before that “Oppenheimer” by Christopher Nolan.
When all the people involved in the film’s controversies started trending on social media, users called out Wild because he “begs” to keep LaBeouf involved in the project “despite Florence’s opposition to working with a known abuser.” Others said the video had them “smoking” and orphan that Wilde’s actions are in stark contrast to her “girlboss feminist” standing up for “Don’t Worry Darling.”
LaBeouf is currently being sued by singer FKA Twigs, who accused him of battery, sexual battery and a “ruthless” abusive relationship. In the suit, she describes the graphic attacks she is said to have endured, including strangulation and fear that LaBeouf would shoot her. On Friday, the actor appeared on Jon Bernthal’s podcast to admit the abuse, although he did not directly name Twigs.
“I hurt that woman,” he began. ‘I’ve done badly. Such as crash and burn type s—. [I] hurt many people, and I am fully aware of that. And I’ll be guilty of it for the rest of my life.”
LaBeouf had faced charges of explosive behavior years before, when “lawless” costar Wasikowska confirmed that reports of his aggressive and “scary, drunken” behavior were “all true.”
“Don’t Worry Darling” is scheduled for a theatrical release on September 23. In addition to Pugh, Harry Styles stars in his first major lead role, as does Chris Pine, Gemma Chan, KiKi Layne, Kate Berlant and Wilde himself. The psychological thriller film is set in a 1950s utopia, where things are not as they seem.