The release of Olivia Wilde’s second film, Don’t Worry Darling, is just a few weeks away. The movie was already going to excite a lot of audiences with an all-star ensemble cast and a distinctive genre-bending performance, and that intrigue has just increased with recent headlines and another buzz. The film’s treatment of female sexuality has been one of the most discussed components of its marketing campaign. Wilde previously made a suggestion that moments between Alice (Florence Pugh) and Jack (Harry Styles) center on a “kind of female pleasure” that isn’t typically portrayed onscreen. In a recent interview with The Associated Press, Wilde discussed that element of Don’t Worry Darling, and said that the Motion Picture Association, which oversees movie ratings, had advised her not to use more of it in the movie’s promotion.
Oh, right. There was a lot that had to be cut from the trailer, says Wilde. “At the last minute, the MPA cracked down hard on me and the trailer, forcing me to cut some shots, which infuriated me because I believed they raised the ante. We do, however, continue to live in a very puritanical society. I do believe that American cinema has been lacking in sexiness lately. Then, unless you’re referring to LGBT cinema, we simply don’t see a lot of depictions of feminine pleasure.
It’s odd since, in many LGBT movies, the female characters are given greater leeway to enjoy themselves. Consumers are not as pious as businesses would have you believe. However, people become irate. People are already furious with me over this, I mean. It’s a testimony to the movie, in my opinion. We intend to provoke. Not making you feel secure is not the goal.
Pugh, on the other hand, has already formed a different opinion regarding the sex scenes in Don’t Worry Darling and the accompanying backlash.
“It’s not why we do it when it’s reduced to your sex scenes or watching the most famous man in the world humiliate someone. It’s not the reason I work in this field, “Pugh stated in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar last month. “Of course, you’re going to have those kinds of discussions when you hire the biggest pop star in the world. Simply said, I’m not going to talk about that because [this movie is] better and bigger than that. And the creators are more and better than that.”
Along with Wilde as Bunny, Chris Pine will play Frank, Gemma Chan will play Shelley, KiKi Layne will play Margaret, Nick Kroll will play Bill, Sydney Chandler will play Violet, Kate Berlant will play Peg, Asif Ali will play Peter, Douglas Smith will play John, Timothy Simons will play Dr. Collins, Ari’el Stachel will play Kevin, Alisha Heng will play Rose, Dita Von Teese will play Herself, Marcello Julian Re The screenplay was written by Katie Silberman based on a narrative by Silberman, Carey van Dyke, and Shane Van Dyke, and Wilde directed the movie.
The movie Don’t Worry Darling will debut in theatres on September 23.