Olivia Wilde has finally broken her silence on why she fired Shia LaBeouf from ‘Don’t You Worry Darling’ after predicting they wouldn’t be a good fit.
Finally, the director and actress stated that, although she is a great admirer of Shia LaBeouf’s work, “his process was not conducive to the ethos that I demand in my productions.”
Olivia added that her partner “has a process that, in a way, seems to require combative energy, and personally I don’t think that leads to the best performances.”
For the star, who had already directed the film ‘Booksmart’ in 2019, creating a safe and trustworthy environment is the best way to get people to do their best work.
“Ultimately, my responsibility is to protect the production and cast. That’s my job,” he explained.
After the actor was fired from the film – before filming began – Shia was sued by his ex-girlfriend, FKA Twigs, for alleged sexual assault, separated from his CAA talent agency and began receiving hospital care.
“A lot of things came to light after what happened that worried me, in terms of his behavior,” Wilde added. “I want his health and progress to improve because I believe in restorative justice.”
For this particular film, he noted that the cast “really needed” an “incredibly supportive” energy.
Alluding to the erotic scenes in the film, Olivia stated, “I knew I was going to ask Florence [Pugh] to put herself in very vulnerable situations, and my priority was to make her feel safe and supported.