Stephen Colbert Grills Olivia Wilde on ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ Drama

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Well, at least she deserves the credit for showing up.

While the stars of her new movie don’t worry baby Having canceled public appearances left and right — including Chris Pine, who bought Jimmy Kimmel at the last minute this week — Olivia Wilde boldly sat down next to Stephen Colbert on Wednesday for an interview and was immediately asked some awkward questions about the film’s disastrous rollout.

The host began with a big flattery about how much he loved the new film, calling it “absolutely intriguing” and telling Wilde: “My first reaction when watching the film was that it wasn’t a mistake what you put in. smart book, you belong in that director’s chair.”

Then came the questions about the various controversies. “After working on something like this for three years, it must be really frustrating to have people talk about a lot of things that aren’t the movie itself.”

“Or are they?” Wilde joked when Colbert brought up everything from “reports of feuds” to “private messages being released,” a nod to the video actor who cast Shia LaBeouf who seemed to contradict the director’s claim that she wanted him out of the film. had let go. “Is there anything or nothing in that list that you want to clear up?” he asked her.

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“Well, you know, it’s interesting, the whole experience changed my way of thinking about the internet [and] how we choose to deal with it, or not,” Wilde said, trying to spin the whole thing as an “ironic” echo of her film’s themes around “the stories we get and whether we choose them accept or question their sources. She suggested that she was simply trying to “mediate” a conflict between LaBoeuf and lead actress Florence Pugh and ended up “chosing my actress, and I’m very glad I did.”

“At the time, was it a shame we couldn’t make it work? Certainly,” she added. “Did any information come to light about him later that would make sure we had made the right decision? Absolute.”

Colbert then pressed for a more specific answer, asking, “Just to be clear, did you fire Shia LaBeouf?”

“We had to replace Shia,” she replied. “He’s a fantastic actor, but it wasn’t going to work. And when he gave me the ultimatum of him or Florence, I chose Florence. And that was that he felt like he was giving up and I felt like we were moving on without him.”

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When Colbert asked how it could be that LaBoeuf can claim that he quit and Wilde can claim that she fired him and that they “could both be right”, she called it a “semantic issue”, adding: “It could not progressing the way he wanted, so he had to leave.”

After a commercial break, it first appeared that Wilde was out of the woods when Colbert asked a handful of questions about the film itself. And yet, shortly after praising the lead actress, he turned and asked, ‘Speaking of Florence Pugh, a great performance, let’s move on to another question you shouldn’t answer. People say you’re arguing with Florence Pugh. Do you want to say something about that?”

“No, all I want to say to that…” replied Wilde, before casually mentioning “spit-gate.” With that, Colbert jumped up to ask Wilde directly if Harry Styles really spat on co-star Pine at the Venice Film Festival. She flatly denied the ‘weird rumor’, telling him, ‘No, he didn’t, but I think it’s a perfect example of people looking for drama everywhere. Harry didn’t actually spit on Chris.”

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“Only time will tell,” Colbert replied with a grin as Wilde insisted it never happened. “We will see.”

“People can watch a video showing evidence that someone isn’t spitting on someone else and they will still see what they want to see,” she said. “And that’s creating drama and that’s clickbait.”

Colbert could have gone further, but instead, he made sure to get that answer about Wilde and Pugh’s working relationship. “I have nothing but respect for Florence’s talent,” Wilde said, before blaming the entire controversy on misogyny. “I don’t feel like my male directing colleagues are answering questions about their cast.”

Colbert defended himself, saying that Wilde is “exactly right” and that directors should only talk about the work itself, but as these questions “digested” the film, he felt he had no choice but to ask them anyway. Dishonest or not, viewers would never have forgiven him for ignoring them.

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