don’t worry darling is probably the most talked about film of 2022. Despite the fact that the film received mixed reviews, it has dominated popular culture due to a number of scandals – including the relationship between director Olivia Wilde and star Harry Styles.
The fall of the old-fashioned Hollywood drama thrilled the internet. But interestingly, another couple came out of the making of the film. Who else met behind the scenes?
The film stars Florence Pugh and Styles as Alice and Jack. The happily married couple live in Victory, a corporate town where all is not what it seems. Alice begins to question everything – including her leader, Frank (Chris Pine).
Wilde, who also appears in the film, highlighted the film’s female sex scenes. Unfortunately, that wasn’t enough for a hit. don’t worry darling currently has a 38% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with critics noting that feminism is everything it’s supposed to be. There were also some really bizarre narrative choices – notably the final twist.
Several other actors appeared in the film, including KiKi Layne and Ari’el Stachel. Layne is known for If Beale Street could talk, The Old Guardand Come 2 America. Stachel is an acclaimed theater actor and won a Tony Award in 2018 for his performance in The visit of the band.
in the don’t worry darling, you play Margaret and Ted, a married couple who also live in the Victory district. Margaret’s mental breakdown serves as an omen of what is to come for Alice. But she and Ted are quickly pushed aside as the story progresses. Almost all of her work goes unseen because her scenes were almost entirely omitted from the final product.
But being on the set wasn’t a total loss for her — they began dating during filming. “The best thing about #DontWorryDarling is that I was lucky enough to meet @arielstachel,” Layne wrote on Instagram. “They cut us out of most of the film, but we thrive in real life.”
The fallout resulting from the addition of Styles to the cast don’t worry darling is arguably more entertaining than the film itself. It was hired to replace Shia LaBeouf after he left the project under mysterious circumstances. Wilde claimed he was fired for bad behavior. But LaBeouf released a video showing the director asking him to stay and making comments about “Miss Flo.”
Rumors of a falling out between Pugh and Wilde over the director’s relationship with Styles affecting the production were already rife. But the film’s premiere at the Venice Film Festival took it to a whole new level. Any event related to don’t worry darling at the festival became a meme, whether it was Pugh’s brief appearance, “Spitgate,” or Pine distancing himself from the whole affair. To top it off, Styles and Wilde split less than two months later.
don’t worry darling performed well at the box office, earning $86.7 million. But when/if people reflect on this film years later, the legacy will be the off-screen absurdity and not the actual attempt at message.
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