Olivia Wilde opens up about firing Shia LaBeouf from Don't Worry Darling

Before the role of Jack in Olivia Wilde’s Don’t Worry Darling landed in the hands of Harry Styles, Shia LaBeouf originally booked the lead part opposite Florence Pugh.

However, right before production started, LaBeouf departed the project,  with Warner Bros. Pictures citing the regularly-used phrase: “Scheduling  conflicts.”

Now, in a new interview with Variety, director Wilde offers a new perspective on the actor’s exit.

“I say this as someone who is such an admirer of his work,” Wilde  begins. “His process was not conducive to the ethos that I demand in my  productions.

He has a process that, in some ways, seems to require a combative  energy, and I don’t personally believe that is conducive to the best  performances.

I believe that creating a safe, trusting environment is the best way to get people to do their best work.

Ultimately, my responsibility is to the production and to the cast to protect them. That was my job.”

LaBeouf has been known for his “combative” and erratic behavior on and off film sets for years now, resulting in numerous arrests and public scandals.

However, shortly after LaBeouf was fired from Don’t Worry Darling, FKA Twigs filed a lawsuit against her former partner for sexual battery, alleging “relentless abuse” while the two dated.

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