Florence Pugh upset by reaction to “Don’t worry, darling” sex scene

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Florence Pugh is disappointed that the sex scene shown in the first trailer for “Don’t Worry, Darling” overshadowed the rest of the Warner Bros. movie. and Olivia Wilde.

Based on the trailer for “Don’t Worry, Honey,” the Warner Bros. movie seems to address the issues of patriarchy and mid-century misogyny. In this context, the excessive attention to the film’s sex scene between Alice and her potentially abusive husband Jack, played by Harry Styles, is especially unpleasant.

In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Pugh laments the media reaction to the first trailer for “Don’t Worry, Honey,” in which the character Stile has oral sex with Pugh’s character. “When [a movie] comes down to your sex scenes or watching the most famous man in the world get down on someone, that’s not what we’re doing it for. That’s not the reason I work in this industry,” Pugh said in an interview. “Obviously, the nature of hiring the most famous pop star in the world, you will have such conversations. It’s just not something 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.”

Criticism is especially pointed when it comes to the serious topic of the film. “Don’t Worry, Darling” is a psychological thriller about a young married couple living in a gilded vision of a 1950s utopia. They move to a city owned by a company where all the men are working on a mysterious “Victory Project”, and all the women have nothing left but housework, shopping and idleness. Eventually, when a woman goes missing, Alice (Florence Pugh) begins to realize that not everything is as rosy as it seems.

Pugh had breakthrough roles in the films “Heart of the Sun” and “Little Women”, which were released in 2019. Over the past three years, she has become a very popular actress: six films were released the following year alone. These include “Don’t Worry, Darling,” the Netflix drama “Miracle,” “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish,” “The Good Man” with her then-boyfriend Zach Braff, Christopher Nolan’s biopic “Oppenheimer,” and Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune: Part Two.”

So while Black Widow’s Elena Belova may be Pugh’s most famous role, she has certainly demonstrated her range with several challenging and enticing roles outside of the MCU.

“Don’t Worry, Darling” is released in theaters on September 23, 2022.

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