The controversy about don’t worry darling only gets more and more complicated. In an Instagram post following the film’s release, actress KiKi Layne claimed that most of her role was cut from the film. Layne was also absent from the film’s press tour, although this was due to her filming a sequel to the Netflix action film The Old Guard.
“The best thing about #DontWorryDarling is that I was lucky enough to meet @arielstachel,” Layne wrote on Instagram. “They cut us out of most of the movie but we thrive in real life,” she added, along with the hashtags “#GotMyCheck #GotMyMan #EverythingHappensforaReason.”
Layne plays a troubled housewife in a faux 1950s setting don’t worry darling, and Ari’el Stachel plays her husband. They have been a couple since 2020 after meeting on the set of the film.
Stachel responded in the comments, saying: “My love. You are a queen and your talent shines so brightly. I was thirsty then and I am thirsty now.” Her don’t worry darling Co-star Gemma Chan responded with a heart emoji, signaling her support without saying anything too controversial.
Amid rumors of a feud between actress Florence Pugh and director Olivia Wilde, several members of the crew came forward to defend the film’s creative process, denying reports of a “screaming match” between Pugh and Wilde. However, according to a report in vulture, Pugh was frustrated by Wilde’s alleged habit of disappearing from the film set with Styles, whom she began dating during filming. One of vulture‘s inside sources claimed that a top Warner Bros. executive had to go through a “long negotiation process” to convince Pugh to do a bare minimum of promotional appearances for the film.
That level of scrutiny and gossip probably opened the door for KiKi Layne to make her voice heard. It usually doesn’t look good to make sneakily derogatory comments about a movie that’s just come out, but in this case, people are primed to feel empathy. Layne’s fans have already noticed her absence from the film’s press tour, commenting on social media.
In the last cut of don’t worry darling, Layne’s role is surprisingly small for an actress who has starred in other films. While her character, Margaret, is narratively important, she has very little screen time and few lines of dialogue. Her husband is even less prominent. And since they’re the only black characters in the cast, this reduced screen time makes their roles seem symbolic. Margaret’s main role is to suffer in the background of the white protagonist’s story.
It’s unclear why Layne and Stachel’s roles were reduced. Sometimes this just happens during the editing process – either due to pressure from the studio to shorten a film’s runtime, or because the filmmaker realizes that certain characters or scenes aren’t necessary.
In some cases, famous actors have had to cut their entire roles during post-production, often for reasons that are completely undisputed. But within the framework of don’t worry darlingAlong with KiKi Layne’s other topics, KiKi Layne’s Instagram post automatically invites you to delve deeper into what happened behind the scenes.
The Daily Dot has reached out to Warner Bros. for comment.
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*Initial publication: September 26, 2022 at 8:18 am CDT
Gavia Baker-Whitelaw is a staff writer at the Daily Dot, covering geek culture and fandom. Specializing in science fiction films and superheroes, she also appears as a film and television critic on BBC radio. Elsewhere, she is the co-host of the pop culture podcast Overinvested. Follow her on Twitter: @Hello_Tailor
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