Actress-turned-director, Olivia Wilde is now filming her second movie project Don’t Worry Darling, starring Florence Pugh and Harry Styles.
Shia LaBeouf was originally cast in Styles’ role, but Wilde fired him as his attitude on set clashed with Wilde’s policy of,
Wilde chatted with Promising Young Woman director Emerald Fennell about her rule.
“The no asshole policy, it puts everybody on the same level.
I also noticed as an actress for years how the hierarchy of the set separated the actors from the crew in this very strange way that serves no one. I think actors would actually like to know more about,
‘What’s happening there when you’re pulling my focus? What is that lens change?’
But the idea of, don’t bother the actors and keep them separate, and don’t look at them. I think it makes everyone quite anxious.”
Wilde got some advice before directing her first movie, the critically-acclaimed 2019 comedy Booksmart,
“Someone, who’s a very established actor and director in this industry, gave me really terrible advice that was helpful, because I just knew I had to do the opposite.
‘Listen, the way to get respect on a set, you have to have three arguments a day. Three big arguments that reinstate your power, remind everyone who’s in charge, be the predator.’
That is the opposite of my process. And I want none of that.”
LaBeouf’s firing was first reported by Variety following a lawsuit brought against him by ex-girlfriend FKA Twigs. Citing insiders close to the project, LaBeouf
“exhibited poor behavior and his style clashed with the cast and crew.”
Including Wilde, who ultimately fired him.
On Dec. 11, FKA twigs, brought a lawsuit against LaBeouf, accusing him of sexually and physically assaulting and battering her and knowingly giving her a sexually transmitted disease.
LaBeouf addressed the allegations in several emails to The New York Times, saying he was in no position
“to tell anyone how my behavior made them feel.”
“I have no excuses for my alcoholism or aggression, only rationalizations. I have been abusive to myself and everyone around me for years.
I have a history of hurting the people closest to me. I’m ashamed of that history and am sorry to those I hurt. There is nothing else I can really say.”
#NoAssholes is just a good life rule in general.
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