Don't Worry Darling Crew Issues a Joint Statement

40 members dispute rumors of on-set drama with Olivia Wilde and Florence Pugh
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 25, 2022 8:27 AM CDT
Don't Worry Darling Crew Issues a Joint Statement
This image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows Olivia Wilde, left, and Florence Pugh in a scene from "Don't Worry Darling."   (Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP)

Crew members of the movie Don't Worry Darling—which might be getting more buzz for rumors of on-set friction than for its qualities as a movie—have taken the unusual step of issuing a public statement to reject those rumors. "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," says the statement signed by 40 members of the crew, per People. "Any allegations about unprofessional behavior on the set of Don't Worry Darling are completely false."

That reference to a "recent article" is to a piece in Vulture alleging a "blowout argument" between star Florence Pugh and co-star/director Olivia Wilde. "There was never a screaming match between our director and anyone, let alone a member of our cast," says the statement. It went on to praise Wilde as "an incredible leader and director who was present with and involved in every aspect of production." That appears to be a reference to allegations in Vulture that Pugh was angry because Wilde, who is dating another of the movie's stars, Harry Styles, kept disappearing from the set.

The movie is making its debut this weekend, and the AV Club says the statement appears to be part of an effort of everyone involved to debunk the rumors. Both Wilde and Pugh have put out statements about their fond memories of working on the movie. The film has an interesting dynamic on Rotten Tomatoes—reviewers give it a relatively low "fresh" rating of 39%, but audiences are at 81%. (Wilde recently discussed the moment she was very publicly served with custody papers from ex Jason Sudeikis.)

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