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Olivia Wilde slams double standards for female directors
Photo: © ANP

Olivia Wilde slams double standards for female directors

Olivia Wilde slams double standards for female directors
Photo: © ANP

Olivia Wilde believes that female directors are held to a different standard than their male peers, as she comments on the controversy surrounding the release of her movie, Don't Worry Darling.

The movie tells the story of a young couple played by Florence Pugh and Harry Styles who live in an idealistic town in 1950s America. The town is inhabited by residents all working for the same company run by a mysterious figurehead played by Chris Pine.

Wilde directed the movie, and towards the end of production, speculation mounted online that Pugh became uncomfortable on the set due to the real-life romance emerging between Wilde and Styles.

Don't Worry Darling premiered at the Venice Film Festival this week and Pugh was conspicuous by her absence in the pre-screening press conferences, though she did appear as the movie was played later that evening.

There have also been stories that have emerged with regards to the firing of Shia LaBeouf as well as ridiculous speculation that Styles actually spat on Pine at the Venice premiere.

Wilde has slammed the fact that nobody is actually talking about her movie, and doesn't think it would happen to a man.

"I don't feel like my male directing colleagues are answering questions about their cast," she said on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

"People would actually be talking about the movie itself. They’re praised for being tyrannical. They can be investigated time and time again, it still doesn’t overtake conversations of their actual talent or about the film themselves.

"This is something we’ve come to expect. It is just very different standards that are created for women and men - in the world at large, we're not just talking about Hollywood."

Why was LaBeouf fired from Don't Worry Darling?

Wilde has previously claimed that LaBeouf was replaced by Styles on Don't Worry Darling in order to protect the interests of Pugh.

LaBeouf has vehemently denied those claims, and released emails detaling conversations with Wilde that suggested he left because of a lack of rehearsal time.

Wilde has now said that LaBeouf gave an ultimatum - keep him or keep Pugh.

"We had to replace Shia - he is a fantastic actor, but it wasn't going to work," she explained.

"When he gave me the ultimatum of him or Florence - I chose Florence and that was him feeling he was stepping away and me feeling like we were moving on without him.

"Anyone who has ever dealt with conflict knows there are levels to it before there's a conclusion. In this case, everyone ended up with what they wanted - he didn't want to be a part of a production we were making in the way I like to make productions so he moved on. We moved on and replaced him and ended up with a cast I'm so proud of."

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