Olivia Wilde has shared her upset at being forced to ‘take out’ sex scenes from the Don’t Worry Darling trailer.
After what feels like years of waiting, the psychological thriller – starring Harry Styles and Florence Pugh – is set to be released later this month.
The first teaser dropped recently, showing the pair in a very intimate moment as they engaged in oral sex on a dining room table, with much of the conversation involving the scene in question.
However, if the director had her way, the all-too-brief preview would’ve had a lot more sex in it – but the Motion Picture Association (MPA) had other ideas.
When asked if it was a ‘fight’ to include the sex acts in the trailer, she replied: ‘Oh, yeah. There’s a lot that had to be taken out of the trailer. The MPA 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.
‘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,’ she added to Associated Press.
Don’t Worry Darling focuses on a couple living a seemingly perfect suburban life in the 1950s, when cracks begin to show in their surroundings.
They soon learn that all is not as it seems in their tight-knit desert utopia, with Alice (Florence) questioning whether something more sinister is lurking below, leading her on a mission to expose what’s really going on.
Florence previously spoke out against the reaction that the trailer had received, criticizing viewers for reducing the entire film to just one sex scene.
‘When it’s reduced to your sex scenes, or to watch the most famous man in the world go down on someone, it’s not why we do it. It’s not why I’m in this industry,’ she told Harper’s Bazaar.
‘Obviously, the nature of hiring the most famous pop star in the world, you’re going to have conversations like that.
‘That’s just not what I’m going to be discussing because [this movie is] bigger and better than that. And the people who made it are bigger and better than that.’
Metro.co.uk has contacted the MPA for a comment.
Don’t Worry Darling is released in cinemas on September 23.
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