Florence Pugh’s Steamiest Movie Is A Streaming Hit 

Florence Pugh's steamy thriller, Don't Worry Darling, is racing up the HBO Max charts.

By Chris Snellgrove | Updated

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Florence Pugh is slowly working up the ranks in Hollywood as a steamy seductress who has a really tough side. It’s these qualities that helped land her the role of the new Black Widow in the MCU, but Pugh isn’t afraid to show her softer side in certain movies. By far, Pugh’s steamiest performance was in Don’t Worry Darling, a movie that FlixPatrol now reports is the number six movie this week on HBO Max.

On paper, Don’t Worry Darling is an ambitious psychological drama with a star-studded cast. In addition to Florence Pugh, the movie features Nick Kroll, Harry Styles, and Olivia Wilde (who is also the movie’s director). Unfortunately, it ended up a real critical bomb, and most of the buzz it did manage to generate was due to bizarre behind-the-scenes drama.

The first highly public controversy over the film was due to a messy conflict between Olivia Wilde and Shia LaBeouf. LaBeouf was originally going to star in the movie and Wilde claimed that she fired him because of bad onset behavior that disrupted the cast and crew. In turn, LaBeouf leaked texts and a recorded video showing that she had tried to keep LaBeouf from leaving, and she even suggested that keeping him onboard would be a “wake-up call for Miss Flo,” referring to Florence Pugh.

Olivia Wilde maintained the story that she had to fire LaBeouf, going so far as to claim she did so specifically because he clashed with Florence Pugh (something Wilde seemed to approve of in that leaked video). The more prominent source of drama for Don’t Worry Darling was the frequent tabloid reports that Wilde and Pugh would argue on set and that such arguments culminated in a screaming match between them. Some sources claimed they had to extensively negotiate with Pugh to keep her involved in the movie, but accounts of all this onset beef have been denied by dozens of cast and crew members as well as Wilde and Warner Bros.

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Even the premiere of the movie at the 79th Venice International Film Festival last year ended up generating some major drama. The most high-profile (and definitely craziest) example of this is when fans kept analyzing press conference footage to see if Harry Styles really did spit on fellow star Chris Pine as he walked by (it’s worth noting that Pine offers a thousand-yard stare right after the alleged incident as if he is in complete shock). If that’s not bad enough, Florence Pugh ended up skipping the press conference altogether and showed up on the red carpet later wearing a Valentino three-piece bit of purple attire that looks more like comfy pajamas than anything formal.

If you like the idea of watching Florence Pugh at her sexy best, that alone might be a reason to tune in to Don’t Worry Darling on HBO Max. The film has been savaged by critics, but nobody disputes how steamy Pugh looks as the lead of this movie. And if nothing else, watching this movie can help you determine whether all the behind-the-scenes drama and bad publicity were worth it to create the film Wilde released to the world.