‘Don’t Worry Darling’ Crew Members Argue Over On-Set Feud Between Wilde & Pugh – Deadline
Forty members of the crew and production team of Olivia Wilde’s new film don’t worry darling have spoken out to challenge “the nonsensical gossip” surrounding the alleged unrest on set during the production of the New Line Cinema pic starring Harry Styles, Olivia Pugh and Chris Pine.
The statement, received by Deadline, comes in direct response to a recent report in Vulture about a “screaming match” on set between Wilde, who directed and co-starred, and Pugh, the female lead, during the pic’s production in 2021.
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“As a team, we have avoided addressing the absurd gossip surrounding the film of which we are so proud, but feel the need to correct the anonymous ‘sources’ cited in a recent article,” the statement read, signed by the producers, including co-screenwriter Katie Silberman, various crew members and cinematographer Matthew Libatique.
“Any allegations of unprofessional behavior on the set of don’t worry darling are completely false,” he continues. “Olivia is an incredible leader and director who was present and involved in every aspect of the production. She led this set with class and respect for everyone involved. There was never a screaming match between our director and anyone, not to mention a member of our cast.
“We are happy to put our names to it, as real people who worked on the film and witnessed and benefited from the collaborative and safe space that Olivia creates as a director and leader. We’re also thrilled the movie is in theaters this weekend. We can’t wait for you to see it on the big screen.
See the list of signatories to the statement below.
Rumors have swirled about unrest on set since before don’t worry darlingat the Venice Film Festival, where he received a standing ovation for five minutes. Pugh did not attend press events surrounding the photo in Venice or a Q&A with Imax fans, making tabloid headlines.
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Pugh however, had a tight schedule of work on Dune: second part; neither was she at the Toronto Film Festival for her Netflix movie Wonder. Ahead of Friday’s theatrical opening, Pugh took to social media to enthusiastically promote the pic.
Wilde told Stephen Colbert during an appearance on The late show that she had no problem with Pugh, saying “there’s nothing cooler than a busy actress.”
As for the film itself, the film opened this weekend in North America at $19.2 million, after distributor Warner Bros. considered a frame of around $17 million.
Here are the signatories to the statement:
Chris Baugh, stage manager
Josh Bramer, Real Estate Master
Katie Byron, decorator
Matthieu Libatique, director of photography
Steve Morrow, sound mixer
Arianne Phillips, costume designer
Alex G. Scott, Executive Producer
Katie Silberman, writer/producer
Heba Thorisdottir, head of the make-up department
Eliana Alcouloumre, production assistant
Mary Florence Brown, Artistic Director
Monica Chamberlain, Costume Assistant
Conrad Curtis, second second assistant director
Raphael Di Febo, assistant property manager
Rachael Ferrara, set designer
Jake Ferrero, lighting designer
Jeff Ferrero, engineer
Zach Gulla, set dresser
Yani Gutierrez, production assistant
David Hecht, Assistant Property Master
Becca Holstein, Executive Assistant
Nic Jones, programmer
Michael Kaleta, pole vaulter
Gerardo Lara, electrician
JB Leconte, rig programmer
Lexi Lee, decorator
John Mang, trolley handle
Mark Mann, Best Boy
Gideon Markham, lighting console programmer
Alex Mazekian, graphic designer
Melissa McSorley, food stylist
Bryan Mendoza, sound utility
Luis Moreno, head rigger
Noelle Pinola, decorator
Scott Sakamoto, a cameraman
Chris Scharffenberg, decorator
Grace Shaw, production assistant
Alexander Szuch, electrician
Erika Toth, artistic director
Tricia Yoo, set costumer