After Olivia, 38, claimed that she fired Shia, 36, from the film during her Variety cover story published on Wednesday, August 24, the Transformers star clapped back by insisting that it was his idea to leave the film.
In an email sent to Variety on Thursday, August 25, Shia denied he was fired and claimed he “quit the film due to lack of rehearsal time” on August 17, 2020. He also forwarded two emails that he allegedly sent to Olivia on August 24 and August 25 after her cover story was published.
“You and I both know the reasons for my exit. I quit your film because your actors and I couldn’t find time to rehearse,” Shia wrote in the emails to the Booksmart director.
Shia also sent the outlet screenshots of text messages he claimed to send to Olivia in August 2020, where he told her that he had to back out of Don’t Worry Darling. His role of Jack was later given to Harry Styles.
According to the texts, Shia and Olivia met in person to discuss his exit from the film on August 16, 2020. “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. I’m honored you were willing to go there with me, for me to tell a story with you,” Olivia wrote via text to Shia later that night. “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.”
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