August 26, 2022: LaBeouf denied that he was fired from “DWD” and claimed that he “quit” because the “actors and I couldn’t find time to rehearse.”
LaBeouf, whose rep previously declined to comment to Variety, spoke to the publication via email after the publication of Wilde’s cover story.
The “Honey Boy” actor said that he quit “DWD” on August 17, 2020 due to insufficient rehearsal time.
LaBeouf said that he emailed Wilde following the publication of her recent cover story, telling the director: “I am greatly honored by your words on my work; thank you, that felt good to read. I am a little confused about the narrative that I was fired, however. You and I both know the reasons for my exit. I quit your film because your actors & I couldn’t find time to rehearse.”
LaBeouf also provided screenshots of texts that he said were sent between him and the director at the time of his exit from “DWD.’
According to the messages, the two stars met in person to speak about his departure from the movie and she followed up by texting him: “Thanks for letting me in on your thought process. I know that isn’t fun. Doesn’t feel good to say no to someone, and I respect your honesty.”
The message continued: “I’m honored you were willing to go there with me, for me to tell a story with you. I’m gutted because it could have been something special. I want to make clear how much it means to me that you trust me. That’s a gift I’ll take with me.”
LaBeouf also gave Variety a video that, according to the actor, Wilde sent him two days after he exited the movie.
Per the publication, Wilde recorded herself driving in a vehicle and telling LaBeouf that she wasn’t “ready to give up on this yet.”
She also seemingly alluded to tension between LaBeouf and Pugh, saying that his departure from “DWD” would be “a bit of a wake-up call for Miss Flo.”