Don’t Worry Darling’s Olivia Wilde Explains Why She Had To Cut Steamy Footage From The Trailer

Don’t Worry Darling has gone through a ton of media coverage for the past two years, and the film hasn’t even been out yet. From rumors of Shia LaBeouf allegedly getting fired from the movie to claims of “toxic negativity” that came from Harry Styles’, relationship with director Olivia Wilde, it’s a wonder if people remember what Don’t Worry Darling is actually about. Next in the drama mill for Olivia Wilde’s sophomore directorial effort was her having to explain why she had to cut steamy footage from the trailer.

Movie trailers are a great way to give audiences a taste of what to expect from an upcoming movie. Olivia Wilde spoke to The Associated Press about her disappointment in being told she couldn’t include more steamy footage in the trailer as those scenes would “take it up another notch.”  

There’s a lot that had to be taken out of the trailer. The MPAA came down hard on me and the trailer at the last second and I had to cut some shots, which I was upset about because I thought they it took it up another notch. But of course we still live in a really puritanical society. I do think the lack of eroticism in American film is kind of new. Then when it comes to female pleasure, it’s something that we just don’t see very often unless you’re talking about queer cinema. You know, it’s interesting because in a lot of queer films, the female characters are allowed to have more pleasure. Audiences aren’t as puritanical as corporations think they are. And yet people get upset. I mean, people are upset with me already over this. I think it’s a testament to the film. We want to be provocative. The idea is not to make you feel safe.

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