Today we learned that the trailer for Don’t Worry Darling was supposed to be even sexier than it already is—and that’s saying something, TBH.
This new bit of intel comes straight from the film’s director, Olivia Wilde, who revealed in a new interview with the Associated Press that the Motion Pictures Association ratings board decided at the last minute that the OG cut of the trailer was too hot for general consumption and forced her to cut shots she wanted to include.
“There’s a lot that had to be taken out of the trailer,” she explained. “The MPA came down hard on me and the trailer at the last second and I had to cut some shots, which I was upset about because I thought they it took it up another notch. But of course we still live in a really puritanical society. I do think the lack of eroticism in American film is kind of new. Then when it comes to female pleasure, it’s something that we just don’t see very often unless you’re talking about queer cinema. You know, it’s interesting because in a lot of queer films, the female characters are allowed to have more pleasure. Audiences aren’t as puritanical as corporations think they are. And yet people get upset.”
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Olivia added that she’s already faced some backlash about the oral sex scene between Harry Styles and Florence Pugh’s characters, even though the film hasn’t been released yet.
“People are upset with me already over this,” she added. “I think it’s a testament to the film. We want to be provocative. The idea is not to make you feel safe.”
If you haven’t seen the Don’t Worry Darling trailer yet (or just haven’t seen it again this week yet), do yourself a favor and watch it rn:
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