Olivia Wilde makes it crystal clear why she fired Shia LaBeouf

In late 2020, while ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ – the upcoming mystery thriller movie starring Harry Styles and Florence Pugh and directed by Olivia Wilde – was still in pre-production, ailing actor Shia LaBeouf was fired from the film. Variety described the reasoning as “bad behavior and his style clashed with the cast and crew, including Wilde, who ultimately fired him.” Originally, the official word for his removal from the project was due to “scheduling conflicts,” but a source said the outlet that LaBeouf “isn’t an easy guy to work with,” and claimed he was “off-putting” to the cast and crew, especially to Wilde. He was eventually replaced by Styles, and as we all know by now, Styles and Wilde have since started a romantic relationship.

The “Transformers” star’s firing was apparently due to Wilde’s “no assholes” policy, which she demands on her film sets. Describing the policy during a Directors on Directors chat, she said: “The no-arsholes policy, it puts everyone on the same level.” She went on to explain that it eliminates any “hierarchy” on set that actors might bestow on themselves and puts everyone on the same playing field. However, she never directly revealed whether those politics or the conflicting schedules were the reason the “Nymphomaniac” actor got the boot.

Now, Wilde has directly addressed LaBeouf’s firing in a new interview, and she doesn’t mince words.

Olivia Wilde reveals Shia LaBeouf had ‘combat energy’

Don’t Worry Darling director Olivia Wilde has revealed in a new Variety interview why she had to pull Shia LaBeouf from the project before filming began. “His process was not conducive to the ethos that I demand in my productions,” she said of LaBeouf, of whose earlier work she is admittedly a fan. “He has a process that seems to require a fighting energy in some ways and personally I don’t think that translates into the best performances.”

Because the way LaBeouf treats himself could potentially conflict with others, Wilde had to think of everyone else involved. She shared: “I believe creating a safe, trusting environment is the best way to empower people to do their best work. Ultimately, my responsibility is with the production and with the cast to protect them. That was my job.” And it’s one she took seriously.

Wilde went on to explain that the allegations against LaBeouf from ex-girlfriend and singer FKA Twigs, which include assault and abuse, per The New York Times, “came to light after this happened,” reinforcing her belief that she a duty has concern when it comes to actors on their set. “With a film like this, I knew I was going to ask Florence to be in very vulnerable situations and my priority was to make her feel safe and supported,” she explained. Although she didn’t say if she believed the allegations against him, she said she was “disturbed” by them and believed in “restorative justice.”