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Shia LaBeouf disputes Olivia Wilde’s claim that he was fired from ‘Don’t Worry Darling’.
Wilde, who is the director of the upcoming film, told Variety in an interview that she let LaBeouf go and the role eventually went to Harry Styles, who she has been publicly dating since January 2021.
“I say this as someone who is such an admirer of his work,” she told the outlet. “His process was not conducive to the ethics that I demand in my productions. He has a process that in some ways seems to require combative energy, and I personally don’t think that is conducive to the best performances. ”
Wilde continued, “I think creating a safe and trusting environment is the best way to get people to do their best. Ultimately, my responsibility is to the production and the actors to protect them. That’s was my job.”
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After the cover story, LaBeouf responded to Wilde’s claims via email to the outlet. He said he was not fired and “left the film due to lack of rehearsal time”.
The “Transformers” actor provided the outlet with an email he allegedly sent Wilde after the story was published. LaBeouf wrote, “You and I both know my reasons for leaving. I left your movie because your actors and I couldn’t find time to rehearse.”
LaBeouf noted that he was “very honored” that Wilde congratulated him, but said he was “a little confused about the story that I was fired.”
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At the start of his email, LaBeouf shared that he was praying for Wilde and his family while sharing personal details about his life over the past year and becoming a father. He urged Wilde to “correct the narrative” behind how he ended up not starring in the film.
“I know that you are starting your press campaign for ‘DWD’ and that the news of my dismissal is attractive bait, because I am still persona-non-grata and could remain so for the rest of my life”, a- he writes. “But, speaking of my daughter, I often think of the press articles she will read when she is literate. And though I owe and will for the rest of my life, I owe only for my actions.”
LaBeouf ended his email: “Firing me never happened, Olivia. And while I fully understand the appeal of pushing this story because of the current social landscape, the social currency it brings. This n ‘s not the truth. So I humbly ask, as a person who cares about getting it right, that you correct the story as best you can. I hope none of this will have a negative effect [sic] you, and that your movie is successful in every way you want it to be.”
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Shortly after LaBeouf walked away from the film in 2020, FKA Twigs sued the actor for physical, mental and emotional abuse while they were a couple, according to The New York Times.
At the time, Wilde addressed the allegations made against LaBeouf and said: “A lot of things came to light after this happened that really troubled me, in terms of behavior…Especially with a movie like this. , I knew I was going to ask [co-star] Florence [Pugh] being in very vulnerable situations, and my priority was for her to feel safe and to feel supported.”
She went on to wish him luck, “I find myself really wishing him health and growth because I believe in restorative justice. But for our movie, what we really needed was some incredibly supportive energy. .”
According to Variety, LaBeouf shared text messages with the outlet between him and Wilde as well as a video she allegedly sent the actor two days after leaving the film in August 2020. She allegedly begged him, asking him to stay on the film.
“I feel like I’m not ready to let go of this yet, and I too am heartbroken and want to figure this out,” Wilde said in the video, according to the outlet. “You know, I think that might be a bit of a wake-up call for Miss Flo, and I want to know if you’re ready to give it a shot with me, with us. If she really commits, if she puts her mind and heart at this point and if you can make peace – and I respect your point of view, I respect his – but if you can do that, what do you think? ‘hope? me know?’
According to the outlet, multiple studio sources said LaBeouf was fired, while another source said the actor’s style didn’t suit Wilde’s directing approach.
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A representative for Wilde did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.
“Don’t Worry Darling,” starring Styles, Pugh, Wilde, Chris Pine and Gemma Chan, is slated for release next month.