Olivia Wilde reportedly fired Shia LaBeouf from her upcoming thriller Don’t Worry Darling after the actor clashed with the cast and crew.
Olivia Wilde reportedly fired Shia LaBeouf from her upcoming film Don’t Worry Darling. The news comes after the revelation that Tahliah Debrett Barnett, better known as the singer-songwriter FKA Twigs, is suing her ex-boyfriend LaBeouf for sexual battery, assault, and infliction of emotional distress. The two met on the set of Honey Boy, which LaBeouf wrote, and began a relationship which lasted for about a year.
Honey Boy, a film based on LaBeouf’s childhood and relationship with his father, led to a career resurgence for the actor. Earlier this year, it was announced that LaBeouf would appear in Don’t Worry Darling, alongside Chris Pine and Florence Pugh. The film is a thriller directed by Wilde in her follow-up to Booksmart and was closely watched, leading to a bidding war that was won by New Line. However, back in September, it was announced that Harry Styles would replace LaBeouf due to scheduling conflicts. Now, more details about the casting change have emerged.
According to Variety, LaBeouf was let go from Don't Worry Darling after displaying poor behavior. The actor also reportedly clashed with the cast and crew, including Wilde, which ultimately led to the decision to fire him. Wilde and LaBeouf’s publicist didn’t comment on the story, but a source close to the film noted that LaBeouf was not an easy guy to work with and added that the Honey Boy star was “off-putting” to others working on Don’t Worry Darling.
LaBeouf has long had his controversies and legal troubles in the public eye. The actor has twice been arrested for public intoxication, which led the actor to seek treatment for anger and substance abuse issues. In 2015, LaBeouf’s alternation with his ex-girlfriend Mia Goth was caught on camera. LaBeouf can be seen behaving erratically and almost violently. Through it all, the actor has continued to find work and garner praise for his performances in critically-acclaimed independent films such as American Honey and The Peanut Butter Falcon. With the allegations by FKA Twigs, which are serious and acknowledged by LaBeouf himself, it seems that the actor’s focus and fortunes have shifted.
Netflix has removed any trace of LaBeouf from the awards page for the film Pieces of a Woman, which features the actor in a lead role. LaBeouf has likewise lost out on a plum part in a Marvel movie, in the past, because of his history. While it’s clear that he struggles with demons, which he will hopefully be able to overcome, it’s important that there are consequences to the harm that LaBeouf has caused FKA Twigs. For too long in Hollywood, and in society more broadly, the actions of an abuser are minimized and placed in a memory hole to be forgotten. Given LaBeouf’s removal from Don’t Worry Darling and other recent developments, it’s a positive sign that abusive conduct won’t be tolerated.