Shia LaBeouf asserts that he was not fired by Don’t Worry Darling director Olivia Wilde. On August 24, Olivia Wilde spoke to Variety about LaBeouf’s exit from the film:
“I say this as someone who is such an admirer of his work. His process was not conducive to the ethos that I demand in my productions. He has a process that, in some ways, seems to require a combative energy, and I don’t personally believe that is conducive to the best performances. I believe that creating a safe, trusting environment is the best way to get people to do their best work. Ultimately, my responsibility is to the production and to the cast to protect them. That was my job.”Olive Wilde for Variety
LaBeouf has since then been in contact with Variety, where he claims, “You and I both know the reasons for my exit. I quit your film because your actors and I couldn’t find time to rehearse.” Along with this email, LaBeouf included a video that Wilde sent him two days after he quit. Wilde is driving a car and says she is “not ready to give up on this yet.” She also alludes to tension between LaBeouf and Florence Pugh, who stars in the film as Alice, the wife of LaBeouf and Styles’ character Jack.
Firing me never took place, Olivia. And while I fully understand the attractiveness of pushing that story because of the current social landscape, the social currency that brings. It is not the truth. So I am humbly asking, as a person with an eye toward making things right, that you correct the narrative as best you can. I hope none of this negatively effects you, and that your film is successful in all the ways you want it to be.Shia LaBeouf’s email to Olivia Wilde, Variety
LaBeouf was cast as the lead actor Jack, which was later recast with Harry Styles.