“Olivia and Harry would just disappear,” the source said, noting that a “screaming match” eventually broke out between Pugh and Wilde, causing a top studio exec to get involved. According to the source, a “long negotiation process” began to ensure Pugh would participate in the film’s promotional tour “in any way.”
An anonymous executive told Vulture that Wilde’s bosses over at Warner Bros. are not happy with how the press tour has played out, particularly regarding her interviews about Shia LaBeouf’s exit. “Olivia is either a mad genius who figured out a way to make people more aware of the movie in a way that just drives up the box office or she doesn’t have any self-awareness that she is fucking up her movie,” another source said.
Reps for Warner Bros., Wilde, and Pugh did not comment on the report.
September 24, 2022: Pugh says she’s “grateful” to have been a part of the production in an Instagram post.
On the same day, 40 crew and production team members discount reports of on-set tension and the supposed screaming match in a joint statement to People. “As a crew, we’ve avoided addressing the absurd gossip surrounding the movie we’re so proud of, but feel the need to correct the anonymous ‘sources’ quoted in a recent article,” the statement began. “Any allegations about unprofessional behavior on the set of Don’t Worry Darling are completely false.”
They described Wilde as “an incredible leader and director who was present with and involved in every aspect of production,” adding that she “ran this set with class and respect for everyone involved.”
“There was never a screaming match between our director and anyone, let alone a member of our cast,” the statement continued. “We are happy to put our names on this, as real people who worked on the film, and who have witnessed and benefitted from the collaborative and safe space Olivia creates as a director and leader. We’re also thrilled that the movie is in theaters this weekend. We can’t wait for you to see it on the big screen.”