Donald Glover Opens Up About Split With Phoebe Waller-Bridge Over 'Mr. And Mrs. Smith' Project
Donald Glover Opens Up About Split With Phoebe Waller-Bridge Over 'Mr. And Mrs. Smith' Project

Donald Glover recently shared insights on the fallout between him and Phoebe Waller-Bridge regarding their collaboration on the “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” reboot. Originally set to star together in roles reminiscent of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s characters, the project took a turn when Waller-Bridge unexpectedly exited in 2021.

Glover likened the experience to a divorce, emphasizing the disappointment of a partnership that seemed promising but ultimately faltered due to creative disparities. While Waller-Bridge remained diplomatic about her departure, Glover was more candid, highlighting the challenges of maintaining a productive relationship amidst discomfort.

The duo’s contrasting approaches to collaboration became apparent. Glover, known for his inclusive writers’ room culture on “Atlanta,” found that Waller-Bridge, accustomed to a more solitary writing process, struggled to adapt. Despite their efforts, the chemistry necessary for successful collaboration never fully materialized.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge with Donald Glover
Phoebe Waller-Bridge with Donald Glover

Diverging Visions: The Phoebe Waller-Bridge & Donald Glover Split on “Mr. & Mrs. Smith”

Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s rising acclaim from projects like “Fleabag” and her involvement in major franchises like “James Bond” and “Indiana Jones” underscored her creative prowess. However, her rewritten contributions to “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” didn’t align with Glover’s vision, leading to her eventual departure from the project.

Reflecting on Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s exit, Glover expressed his willingness to yield creative control if it meant aligning with her passion for the project. However, it became evident that their artistic visions diverged too significantly for effective collaboration.

Waller-Bridge herself acknowledged the challenges of creative partnerships, likening them to marriages where sometimes parting ways is necessary for the sake of artistic integrity. Despite the split, both artists remain committed to their respective visions, recognizing that sometimes the best decision is to step away and allow the project to thrive independently.

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