Shia LaBeouf has come forward to dispute the claim that he was fired from “Don’t Worry Darling” by director Olivia Wilde just as production began in 2020.
LaBeouf claims he chose to leave the production because he felt the actors were not given enough time to rehearse. In the cover story of August 24 with VarietyWilde first opened up about LaBeouf’s departure from her film.
“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. 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. I believe that creating a safe, familiar environment is the best way for people to do their best work. Ultimately, it is my responsibility to protect the production and the cast. That was my job,” Wilde said.
Representatives of LaBeouf have declined Variety‘s request for comment on the matter when contacted prior to the story’s publication.
But in emails sent to Variety on August 25, LaBeouf denied that he had been fired, instead claiming that he “left the film due to lack of rehearsal time” on August 17, 2020. The actor forwarded two emails that he would have to Wilde on August 24 and August. sent. 25 after the story was published. In the emails, LaBeouf wrote: “You and I both know the reasons for my departure. I stopped your film because your actors and I couldn’t find time to rehearse.”
Variety learned that the lyrics were sent before production learned about Shia’s immersive method.
Several studio sources told Variety at the time of LaBeouf’s departure he was fired from the project. But another source with knowledge of the situation describes the parting as more of a collective acknowledgment that LaBeouf’s acting style didn’t fit well with Wilde’s approach as a director. Representatives of Wilde and Warner Bros. declined to comment.
LaBeouf sent Variety screenshots of text messages he sent to Wilde in August 2020, where he told Wilde to leave “Don’t Worry Darling”. He was cast as lead actor Jack, who was later recast with Harry Styles.
According to the lyrics, LaBeouf and Wilde met in person in Los Angeles to discuss his departure from the film on August 16, 2020. Later that evening, Wilde texted him, “Thank you for letting me think about your thinking process. I know that’s not fun. It doesn’t feel right to say no to someone, and I respect your honesty. I’m honored.” that you wanted to come with me so I could tell a story with you I’m gutted because it could have been something special I want to make it clear how much it means to me that you trust me That’s a gift I’m taking with me. ”
LaBeouf claims he “officially” quit “Don’t Worry Darling” the following day on August 17, 2020, according to the email he sent to Wilde Thursday morning.
He added a video to Variety that Wilde reportedly sent him on August 19, 2020, two days after he claimed he quit. In the video, Wilde drives a car and says she’s “not ready to give up on this yet”. She also alludes to the tension between LaBeouf and Florence Pugh, who stars in the film as Alice, the wife of Jack, LaBeouf’s and Styles’ character.
“I feel like I’m not ready to give this up yet, and I’m heartbroken too and I want to figure this out,” she says in the video. “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?”
In another message sent at an unspecified time between August 16 and 20, Wilde texted LaBeouf: “You don’t have to be in my movies, but never doubt me. We promised Pink. That means something in my house.”
Here’s LaBeouf’s email to Wilde sent Wednesday:
I hope this finds you inspired, purposeful, fulfilled and good. I pray every night that you and your family have health, happiness and everything that God would give me. No joke, every night before I go to sleep.
I have a little girl, Isabel; she is five months old and just starting to develop the last half of her smile; It is awesome. Mia, my wife and I have found each other again and are on our way to a healthy family with love and mutual respect.
I have embarked on a journey that feels liberating and righteous (dirty word but appropriate). I write to you now with 627 days of sobriety and a moral compass that never existed before my great humiliation which was the last year and a quarter of my life. I reached out to you a few months ago to make up for it; & I still pray that one day you can find space in your heart to forgive me for the failed partnership we shared.
What inspired this email today is your latest Variety story. I am greatly honored by your words about my work; thank you, that felt good to read. However, I am a bit confused about the story that I was fired. You and I both know the reasons for my departure. I stopped your film because your actors and I couldn’t find time to rehearse. As a reminder, I’ve attached the screenshots of our text exchange that day, and my text to Tobey.
I know you’re starting your press round for DWD and the news of my firing is a compelling clickbait as I’m still persona-non-grata and may be for the rest of my life. But when I talk about my daughter, I often think about the news articles she will read when she is literate. And though I owe something, and will be guilty for the rest of my life, I am guilty only for my deeds.
My shortcomings with Twigs are fundamental and real, but they are not the story presented. There is a time and a place to deal with such things, and I am trying to navigate a nuanced situation with respect for her and the truth, hence my silence. But this situation with your film and my “firing” will never have a court date to deal with the facts. When lies are repeated enough in public, they become truth. And so it makes it much harder for me to crawl out of the hole I’ve dug with my behavior, to provide for my family.
Getting fired never happened, Olivia. And while I fully understand how appealing it is to push that story because of the current social landscape, the social currency that comes with it. It’s not the truth. So I humbly ask, as a person with an eye for making things right, that you correct the story as best you can. I hope this doesn’t affect you negatively and that your film is successful in all the ways you want it to.
All blessings to you,