The cinematographer of “Don’t Worry Darling” claims it was “the most cohesive set” he has ever been on” amid discussions that it was chaos behind the scenes.
“When I hear there are rumors of acrimony on set — I deny it. It wasn’t clear at all, to be honest,” Matthew Libatik insisted on the latest episode of The Hollywood Reporter’s “Behind the Screen” podcast .
“From my point of view, stories are completely untrue when it comes to being on set,” he reiterated, “I can’t speak to post-production at all.”
The industry veteran — who has starred in films including “Requiem for a Dream,” “Black Swan” and Bradley Cooper’s “A Star Is Born” — conceded that the drama could go on after he left.
“Whatever happened, happened after I left… I’ve never been a witness to anything. And I didn’t feel Anything. You know, you feel like something is happening and I didn’t feel anything,” explained Libatik, 54.
She also praised director Olivia Wilde, saying she “believed in every body on set.”
Hollywood has been buzzing about the rift between Wilde and the film’s star Florence Pugh since earlier this summer, when fans began noticing that the 26-year-old “Midsummer” star was promoting “Don’t Worry Darling” on social media. were not doing.
Page Six reported in late July that 38-year-old Pugh and Wilde had a feud over the director’s on-set romance with Harry Styles — which we first confirmed in January 2021, when she split from Jason Sudeikis. was announced. ,
“I can tell you for a fact that it didn’t go down well with Flo seeing Olivia and Harry on top of each other on set because Olivia was still with Jason when she first hooked up with Harry,” a source said. Page Six told about the feud. women.
Wilde strongly denies Vanity Fair’s rumor as to “the idea of full horses I left Jason for Harry.”
Meanwhile, there was even more drama with the film – a psychological thriller set in the ’50s – when Wilde claimed she had fired Shia LaBeouf, who was later replaced with her now-boyfriend Styles. , from production because of his behavior on the set .
“After this happened a lot came out that really bothered me about his behavior,” Wilde said in August. “For our film, we really needed an energy that was incredibly supportive. Especially with a film like this, I knew I was going to ask Florence to be in very vulnerable conditions. was, and my priority was to make her feel safe and make her feel supported.”
LaBeouf denied Wilde’s claims that he had fired her and wrote to her, “You and I both know the reasons for my exit. I left your film because it was time for me and your actors to rehearse.” Couldn’t find
He then asked the director of “Booksmart” to “correct the narrative.”
Around the same time, a video leaked showing Wilde begging for LaBeouf to remain in the film, suggesting that there was drama between LaBeouf and Pugh.
“I think this may be a wake-up call for Miss Flo, and I want to know if you’re ready to give it a shot with me, with us,” she said.
By September, all eyes were on the cast at the Venice Film Festival. Pugh — who is filming “Dune 2” — arrived late after missing the press conference and skipped the film’s NYC premiere.
“Florence is a force to be reckoned with, we are so grateful that she is able to make it through tonight,” Wilde said during the film festival. “The Internet feeds itself as far as the endless tabloid gossip and noise are concerned. I don’t think I need to contribute to that.”