Venice Press Conference “Don’t Worry Darling” – Deadline
This afternoon was the first time that the team behind don’t worry darling facing the global press, ahead of the film’s premiere in Venice tonight and after days of controversy involving Shia LaBeouf’s withdrawal from the project and questions about Florence Pugh’s absence from today’s press conference.
But they needn’t have worried, sweetie, because the festival moderator prevented an awkward question about LaBeouf’s history with the film, preferring instead to pepper the crew with questions about costumes and cinematography.
Wilde addressed Pugh’s absence only to repeat the party line, which is that “Florence is a force; we are so grateful that she can make it tonight [to the premiere] although it is in production. She declined to engage in speculation suggesting there might be other reasons. “As far as all the endless tabloid gossip and noise goes, the internet feeds on itself. I don’t feel obligated to contribute to it. It’s fed well enough.
Styles acknowledged the dark forces of social media. “There are a lot of negative sides,” he said, “they’re pretty obvious to everyone. But it’s always important to remember that there are also positive things happening in the world because of it.
In addition to congratulating his fans, he noted, of his career move, “Music and acting are opposites in many ways. Making music is a really personal thing and there are aspects game where you get experience, but mostly pretending to play someone else. That’s what I find the most fun. What I love about acting, I feel like I have no idea what I’m doing.
Ever since Wilde first showcased his second directing effort at CinemaCon last April, followed by a scorching trailer for the Warner Bros./New Line movie days later, the anticipation surrounding him has been building. is intensified – for various reasons. Rarely has a press conference here in Venice been so eagerly awaited – the festival on Sunday alerted badge holders to a “rush line” for last-minute admission if places remain available – and questions were largely friendly , the moderator relying heavily on herself prepared list.
As Deadline reported on Sunday, Pugh was not at the press conference because his flight from all of Budapest Dunes 2 does not land until later in the afternoon. She will walk the red carpet, make the photo call and watch the film which will be screened at 7 p.m. local time. She will then jump straight on a plane to get back to work on Tuesday morning.
Caution surrounding don’t worry darling only increased after a candid and provocative cover story about Wilde by our sister publication Variety, followed by La Beouf’s social media rebuttal of Wilde’s claim that she fired him. But there was no more clarity on that from today’s panel.
Otherwise, speaking of the production design, Styles noted, “We were lucky to have this world built around us so well so that we could play in reality, there weren’t too many actor.”
Chris Pine agrees: “What is surprising is that it is not so different from what was the reality at a certain moment; at Harry’s point, there wasn’t much action. The people we were playing were real people in a world that is ours,” but with an exaggerated style that “shows all the pretty things that make up our world,” and also has a dark side.
Pine was asked if he played the frontman of Victory Frank as a “sexy messiah dictator.” “It’s my Instagram ID,” he joked. “All leaders use the image as a weapon. I didn’t base Frank on anyone, he’s basically a hologram of sex appeal woven with an incredibly beautiful but obtuse word salad.
For Wilde, “The film is unfortunately very topical but also very timeless. I don’t think there will ever be a time when the idea of controlling someone’s body isn’t something relevant to contend with.”
She noted, “We were really interested in the problematic nature of nostalgia itself. We started the film in the era of Make America Great Again, wondering what that means…I hope it sparks conversations and gets people thinking and questioning the system that serves them. I want it to be entertaining and intentionally provocative.
don’t worry darling follows Alice (Pugh) and Jack (Styles) who seem lucky to live in the idealized community of Victory, an experimental company town home to the men who work for the top-secret Victory project and their families. The 1950s societal optimism embraced by their CEO, Frank (Pine) – equal parts corporate visionary and motivational life coach – anchors every aspect of daily life in the tight desert utopia.
While the husbands spend each day inside the Victory Project headquarters, working on “progressive materials development”, their wives – including Frank’s stylish partner, Shelley (Chan) – spend their time enjoying the beauty, luxury and debauchery of their community. . Life is perfect, with every resident’s needs being met by the company. All they ask in return is discretion and an unconditional commitment to the cause of Victory.
But when cracks in their idyllic life begin to appear, exposing flashes of something far more sinister lurking beneath the attractive facade, Alice finds herself wondering exactly what they’re doing in Victory and why.
The film opens domestically on September 23.