The “Don’t Worry Darling” Drama Continued At Its Venice Film Festival Premiere

September 6, 2022 / Posted by:

…And then there was one. Gemma Chan is the golden angel floating high above the smoldering embers of the Don’t Worry Darling Express which flew off the tracks in some suburban desert near Bakersfield and somehow landed, still ablaze and spewing toxic fumes, all the way in Chris Pine’s lap at the film’s Venice Film Festival premiere. Gemma probably slept like a baby last night as her costars Chris, Florence Pugh, Harry Styles, and Nick Kroll, and her director Olivia Wilde were still stumbling around the wreckage in a daze with Olivia looking for Harry, Harry looking for a clue, Nick looking for chapstick, Chris still looking for his sunglasses and Miss Flo looking for a refill on her Aperol Spritz. Somebody call 311, there’s been a beautiful disaster!

I tried to give my husband the “executive summary” of the DWD drama last night and knew I’d failed miserably when he asked, “wait, what does Ted Lasso have to do with all of this again?,” so I’m going to trust that if you’ve read this far, I don’t need to go that far back. Let’s just call that part of the “endless tabloid gossip” Olivia declined to address during the DWD press conference when asked to “clear the air” about the reported falling out between her and Flo, especially after Shia LaBeouf shared a video of Olivia begging him to work with her, despite having previously told Variety that she had fired him to protect Flo. Flo wisely skipped the conference altogether in favor of stunting on hos by strutting into town wearing purple Valentino and toasting the camera with an ice-cold Aperol Spritz. According to People:

Olivia Wilde avoided a question about Shia LaBeouf and was asked to “clear the air” about a rumored feud with Florence Pugh at the Venice Film Festival’s Don’t Worry Darling press conference.

On Monday, the director/actress, 38, spoke to journalists about her new thriller at a panel alongside cast members Chris Pine, Harry Styles and Gemma Chan. When one reporter complimented the performances and said it was a “shame” Pugh, 26, was absent, they asked: “Can you just clear the air and address if there’s been a falling out there and if so why? Because it’s something that people are discussing.”

Wilde responded, “Florence is a force, and we are so grateful that she’s able to make it tonight despite being in production on Dune. I know, as a director, how disruptive it is to lose an actor even for a day, so I’m very grateful to her, to Denis Villeneuve for helping us. And we’re really thrilled we’ll get to celebrate her work tonight. I can’t say enough how honored I am to have her as our lead. She’s amazing in the film.”

“As for all the endless tabloid gossip and all the noise out there, I mean, the internet feeds itself,” she continued. “I don’t feel the need to contribute. It’s sufficiently well nourished.”

I’d argue that the internet is insatiable and Olivia and her crew keep restocking the DWD buffet with fresh trays of all-you-can-eat jumbo shrimp. Speaking of jumbo shrimp, later in the evening during the screening, all eyes were on Chris’s crotch as a video of Harry taking his seat next to him began circulating that showed Chris reacting to something landing between his thighs. Even though Chris was doing what we wished all celebrities would do, which is just to sit there and look pretty, he still found himself serving the internet a tray labeled Peel and Eat Spitgate Prawns. Here’s the clip which had everybody asking “have you tried the Peel and Eats? I’ve eaten so much this week I can’t tell if they’re spicy or not.

UPDATE: Chris’ rep says that Chris and Harry have nothing but respect for each other, there’s no drama between them, and the spit claim is acomplete fabrication.”

Turns out this particular batch was mild. If you look again you can see that Chris puts his sunglasses between his legs and then immediately forgets where he put them. Classic stoner move.

It makes sense given all he’s had to endure. Here’s Chris earlier in the day probably fantasizing about the USS Enterprise coming to beam him the fuck out of there while Harry waxes poetic about the nature of cinema.

OK, so Harry’s new at this. We can’t all be Nicole Kidman right out the gate! So it’s no wonder that later at the screening Harry fell back on old habits. As if we needed further proof that he didn’t spit on Chris, here’s Harry’s thirsty ass trying to suck all the moisture out of Nick Kroll without even opening his mouth. Simply put, he doesn’t have the range.

But enough about these men and their silly games. Last night belonged to Miss Flo, who was seated three Gemma Chans away from her director, during DWD‘s four-minute standing ovation. That’s a lot of time to stand there and look humble, even longer if you’re Olivia and your star refuses to make eye contact with you until the last possible second.

So while Genna may have been the only one to escape the wreckage of the DWD press tour and skip the buffet altogether, Miss Flo dusted herself off and showed up wearing a purple lobster bib— Ready to EAT.

And so did her granny, who she brought as her date, as seen in these shots from the DWD red carpet.

Pic: Aurore Marechal/ABACA/ Images

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