Fans have gone wild for the steamy sex scenes featured in Olivia Wilde’s upcoming psychological thriller. do not worry honey starring Harry Styles and Florence Pugh.
Olivia Wilde forced to cut oral sex scenes from Don’t Worry Darling trailer starring Harry Styles and Florence Pugh: ‘I was upset about it’
As Variety points out, it turns out there would have been even more provocative scenes in the steamy trailer if the director had her way. The filmmaker told the Associated Press that the MPA’s ratings board “went tough” on the original cut of the trailer, forcing it to remove additional scenes that were deemed too risque. “There was a lot to take out of the trailer,” Wilde said when asked by the AP about including a “sex act” in the trailer. “The MPA came down hard on me and the trailer at the last second and I had to cut some shots, which annoyed me because I thought they had improved it. But of course we still live in a really puritanical society.”
She added: “I think the lack of eroticism in American cinema is something new. Then when it comes to female pleasure, it’s something we don’t see very often unless you’re talking about queer cinema.” Wilde shared similar thoughts in her Variety cover story, saying, “Female pleasure, the best versions you see today, are in queer movies.”
“Why do we feel more comfortable with female pleasure when it comes to two women in the film? In heterosexual sex scenes in movies, the focus on men as recipients of pleasure is almost ubiquitous,” she said. Wilde said in his AP interview that “people are already upset with me about this,” referencing the film’s oral sex scene. “I think it’s a testament to the film. We want to be provocative. The idea is not to make you feel safe.”
Previously, the film’s lead star Pugh also spoke about the oral scene and expressed his frustration at the reception of the film’s trailer. “When it comes down to your sex scenes, or watching the most famous man in the world fuck someone, that’s not why we do it. That’s not why I’m in this industry,” Pugh said in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar. “Obviously, by the nature of hiring the most famous pop star in the world, you’re going to have conversations like that. That’s not what I’m going to discuss because [this movie is] bigger and better than that. And the people who did it are bigger and better than that.”
do not worry honey debuts at the Venice Film Festival on September 5 and hits theaters on September 23.
Also read: Olivia Wilde denies pay disparity between Don’t Worry co-stars Darling, Harry Styles and Florence Pugh: “There is absolutely no validity to those claims”
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