Olivia Wilde joined The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Wednesday to promote her new film, Don’t worry dear, which she starred in and directed. Wilde also addressed the outrageous story that Harry Styles spat at Chris Pine, who both also star in the film, at the Venice Film Festival earlier this month. Representatives for Pine have already denied that the incident happened, calling it a ridiculous story and a complete fabrication. And Wilde was also adamant that the rumors are false.
“People will look for drama anywhere they can,” Wilde said. “Harry didn’t spit on Chris.” “Time will tell,” Colbert joked. “No,” replied Wilde, “he really didn’t.”
Wilde pointed to a video of the alleged incident circulating online as proof that Styles didn’t spit on Pine and people just see what they want to see.
“That’s exactly what I mean,” Wilde said. “People can look at a video that shows evidence of someone not spitting on someone else and they’ll still see what they want to see. And that’s the creation of drama, and that’s clickbait.”
The film — which has been mired in behind-the-scenes intrigue, including Shia LaBeouf being replaced by Styles, Styles and Wilde developing a relationship on set, and reports of a rift between Wilde and co-star Florence Pugh — opens this weekend.
During her appearance with Colbert, Wilde addressed both the LaBeouf and Pugh situations.
LaBeouf denied Wilde’s claim that he was fired from the film, and provided text messages and emails suggesting that he left of his own accord.
“It’s a matter of semantics,” Wilde said of the actor quitting or being fired. “It wasn’t going to go forward the way he wanted and so he had to leave. … We had to replace Shia. He’s an amazing actor, but it wasn’t going to work. When he gave me the ultimatum of him or Florence, I chose Florence.
“At that point, was I upset that we couldn’t make it work? Secure. Did any information about him come out later that made me sure we made the right decision? Absolutely,” she continued, referring to allegations of sexual assault and battery by LaBeouf’s ex-girlfriend FKA twigs.
Regarding her allegedly tumultuous relationship with Pugh, Wilde said: “I have nothing but respect for Florence’s talent. She is amazing. She is on the set of her film Dune and there is nothing cooler than a busy actress. I have nothing against her for whatever reason.
“The funny thing is – I don’t feel like my male director colleagues answer questions about their casting.”
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m CBS.
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