claimed that she fired him to protect lead actress Florence Pugh.“It is what it is,” LaBeouf told The Hollywood Reporter. “Every blessing to her and her film.”Wilde, 38, had again insisted that she chose to fire the 36-year-old actor, in an interview with Vanity Fair published on Thursday, citing his on set behavior and her responsibility to Pugh, 26, as reasons she let him go.
Her statements come weeks after LaBeouf announced that he’d left the film on his own volition following disagreements with Wilde’s direction.“My responsibility was towards [Florence],” Wilde told Vanity Fair. “I’m like a mother wolf.
Making the call was tricky, but in a way he understood. I don’t think it would’ve been a process he enjoyed. He comes at his work with an intensity that can be combative.”“It wasn’t the ethos that I demand in my productions,” she continued. “I want him to get well and to evolve because I think it’s a great loss to the film industry when someone that talented is unable to work.”LaBeouf has a tarnished reputation in Hollywood, as he currently stands accused of sexual and emotional abuse by his ex-girlfriend, the British artist FKA Twigs.The former child star has publicly refuted claims he was fired from the film, claiming he quit due to lack of rehearsal time with his co-stars, and called it “attractive clickbait” in leaked texts, emails and videos exchanged between himself and Wilde to prove his point.“Firing me never took place, Olivia,” an email he sent to the director read. “And while I fully understand the attractiveness of pushing that story because of the current social landscape, the social currency that brings.Read more on nypost.com