Olivia Wilde claims Shia LaBeouf gave her an ‘ultimatum’: ‘I chose Florence’ Pugh

She thinks it’s Wilde’s accusation.

Olivia Wilde doubled down on her claim that she kicked Shia LaBeouf out of Don’t Worry, Baby, now claiming he gave her an “ultimatum” over Florence Pugh.

We had to replace the Shiites. The film’s director, 38, said on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Wednesday that he’s a great actor, but he’s not going to work.” “When I was given ultimatum, you know, he or Florence, I chose Florence.”

In response to LaBeouf’s claim that Wilde begged him to stay on the project, she explained, “This was how he felt like he was turning away from me and I felt like we were moving on without him.

“Early in the film-making process, as the director, I tried to mediate a situation between people to try and see if they could happily work together,” Wilde explained. “As soon as it became clear that it wasn’t a defensible working relationship, I was given an ultimatum. I chose my actress – and I’m so glad I did.”

“At the time, were you shocked that we couldn’t make it work? Yes. Did information about him come out later that made me confident we made the right decision? Yes,” she added, noting a video of her asking LeBeouf, 36, to stay in The movie “Out of context”.

Olivia Wilde
Olivia Wilde confirmed that she fired Shia LaBeouf and chose to be Florence Poe in “Don’t Worry Baby” amid rumors of a feud between the actors.
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Wilde also said that it was a “matter of semantics” when asked if there was a possibility that she and LaBeouf would be telling the truth and there was only confusion.

“It wouldn’t go forward the way he wanted it to, so he had to leave,” she said.

Despite the gossip that Wilde and Buff never met face to face, the director had nothing but good things to say about the 26-year-old actress.

“She’s sexy in that movie. It’s about her being brave enough to listen to the brave people who came before her, who were ignored by others, and who trusted her instincts,” Wilde said.

Shia LaBeouf walks in Los Angeles.
Wilde said that LaBeoufs were taken out of the film because they had technical differences.
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Wilde also called Pugh the “brave” and “superhero” of dismantling the “system” of women in Hollywood.

“Florence Pugh is as good in drama as she is in action. There are actual sequences in the movie. I ran, which I refer to as ‘The Tom Cruise Race’. I’ve been on the most impressive run I’ve ever seen.”

The “Booksmart” director also addressed rumors that Pew deliberately skipped a “Don’t Worry Darling” press conference at the Venice Film Festival earlier this month.

“I have nothing but respect for Florence’s talent. She’s amazing. She’s on the set of her movie Dune [Part Two]“Now,” she explained. “There is nothing more wonderful than a busy actress. I have nothing against her for any reason.”

Florence Beau on the red carpet.
Wilde denied having any beef with Florence Pugh.
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But when Stephen Colbert noted that Pew was photographed drinking a cocktail at the time of the press conference, Wilde sidestepped the question and said it was sexist for people to pit her and Pew against each other.

“I think the funny thing is, I don’t feel like my fellow directors are answering questions about the cast,” she replied.

LaBeouf denied that Wilde dismissed him in August, claiming that his departure from “Don’t Worry, Baby” had more to do with the scheduling conflict.

“You and I both know the reasons for my exit,” he reportedly wrote to Wilde in an email. “I left your movie because your actors and I didn’t have time to rehearse.”

Even Stevens asked the former OC actress to “correct the narrative,” adding, “My firing never happened, Olivia. And while I fully understand the appeal of pushing that story because of the current social scene, the social currency it brings. It’s not the truth.”

At the time, a 2020 video of Wilde apparently begging LaBeoufs to stay on board was leaked.

“I wanted to reach out because I feel like I’m not ready to give up on this yet,” she said at the time. “Me too, I’m feeling sad, and I want to know that.”

The “House” alum also alluded to the drama involving Pew, saying, “I think this might be a wake-up call for Miss Flo, and I want to know if you’re open to giving this a shot with me, with us.”

Wilde added, “If you really stick, if you really put her mind and heart at this point, and if you can make peace – and I respect your point of view, I respect hers – but if you guys can do that, what do you think?”

Olivia Wilde on the red carpet.
Wilde said it was unfair for the public to try to pit two women in Hollywood against each other.

LaBeouf’s allegations came after Wilde told Variety that she fired the actor in order to “protect” Pugh. He had previously been accused of abuse and sought treatment in early 2021.

LaBeouf was eventually replaced by Wilde’s now boyfriend, Harry Styles.

Wilde and the 28-year-old “Watermelon Sugar” singer met on the set of the psychological thriller and began dating shortly after she and Jason Sudeikis split. Director and “Ted Lasso” star, 47, shares two children — Otis, 8, and Daisy, 5 — and they are in the midst of a nasty custody battle.

“Don’t Worry Baby” will be shown in theaters on Friday.

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