In the last hours Shia Labeouf returned to talk about the exclusion from the film’s cast don’t worry darling which took place at the beginning of 2020, thus responding to recent statements by the director Olivia Wilde.
According to the actor, it would have been indeed his personal choice that of abandoning the production, for purely professional reasons such as not having had enough time to rehearse in their respective roles. The news was reported by Varietywho also posted a long email dated Aug. 25 written by LaBeouf to the same director.
In addition, various sources consulted by the magazine would corroborate the words of the actor, according to which his withdrawal would be the result of an honest mutual awareness that took place between him and the director. A confrontation between the two that would lead them to the conclusion that they have very different approaches and styles to achieve fruitful cooperation. In support of his thesis, Shia LaBeouf sent a Variety screenshots of some text messages from a conversation he had with Wilde in August 2020 where they discussed his estrangement. In one of them it is possible to read the words of the director:
“Thank you for sharing your thought process with me. I know it’s not funny. It’s never nice to say no to someone, and I respect your honesty. I am honored that you have agreed to involve me in telling this story. I’m devastated because I know we could have had something special. I want to clarify how much your trust means to me. It’s a gift I’ll always carry with me“.
Representatives of Wilde and Warner Bros. declined to comment, but amid documents sent to Variety of the actor there is also a video where it is possible to hear the director alluding to certain voltages not better specified between Shia LaBeouf himself and Florence Poug:
“I feel like I’m not ready to give up yet, and I too am heartbroken and want to figure it all out. You know, I think this might be a red flag for Miss Flo, and I want to know if you want to try with me, with us. If he really works, if he really puts his mind and his heart into it, and if you can make peace – and I respect both of your views – do you think you can? Is there hope? You will tell me ?“.
Below you can read the translation of email sent to the magazine by Shia LaBeouf:
I hope this finds you inspired, proactive, satisfied and healthy. I pray every night for you and your family to have health, happiness and all that God would give me. […]
I have embarked on a journey that I feel is redemptive and virtuous (a dangerous word, but an appropriate one). I write to you now with 627 days of sobriety and a moral compass that did not exist before this great humility that was the last year and a quarter of my life. I contacted you a few months ago to make amends; and I still pray that one day you will find enough space in your heart to forgive me for the unsuccessful collaboration.
What inspired this email today is your latest story published on Variety. I am very honored by your words about my work; Thanks, that was fun to read. However, I am a little confused about the story of my dismissal. You and I know the reasons for my departure. I left your film because your actors and I couldn’t find time to rehearse. I’ve included screenshots of our message exchange that day and my message to Tobey as a reminder.
I know you guys are starting the Don’t Worry Darling campaign and the news of my firing is generating clickbait because I’m still an ungrateful person and maybe will be for the rest of my life. But, speaking of my daughter, I often think of the articles she will read when she can read. And even if I am in debt, and for the rest of my life, I will only be in debt for my actions.
My problems with Twigs [ex compagna dell’attore che lo ha accusato di molestie, ndr.] they are fundamental and real, but not in the narrative that has been presented. There will be a time and a place to deal with these things, and I’m trying to come into a nuanced situation by respecting it and the truth, which is why I’m not talking about it, hence my silence. But this situation with your film and my “dismissal” will never be discussed in court where the facts are presented as they happened. If lies are repeated often enough in public, then they become the truth. And so, it is much more difficult for me to get out of the hole that I dug with my behaviors and to be able to support my family.
They were never fired, Olivia. And while I fully understand how intriguing this story can be given today’s social landscape, it’s not the truth. So I humbly ask, as someone who has a vested interest in doing the right things, that you fix this narrative to the best of your ability. I hope none of this will have a negative impact on you and that your film will be successful in all the ways you want it to be.“.
It will therefore be interesting to see if there will be another response from Olivia Wilde on this thorny question. don’t worry darling it will be presented out of competition at the Venice Film Festival, then will arrive on the big screen from September 22.