Why Phoebe Waller-Bridge Left the Mr. & Mrs. Smith Series: Donald Glover Explains

The much-awaited series Mr. & Mrs. Smith, which stars Donald Glover and Maya Erskine as the namesake married spies, debuted on Amazon Prime Video. However, Phoebe Waller-Bridge was originally scheduled to co-create the series and appear with Glover before Erskine took on the role of Jane Smith. Since Waller-Bridge quit the project in 2021, many people have been interested in learning more about the reasons for her departure.

Now that the matter has been clarified, Donald Glover has said that it is the result of “amicable split” between opposing creative perspectives.

Speaking on the subject, Glover compared the breakup to a formal divorce, discussing the difficulty of maintaining a successful creative collaboration in the face of substantial methodological disagreements.

“You think, ‘Oh sh-t, this ought to have worked.'” To be really honest, I believe that a healthy relationship is one in which you both stay in the midst of intense discomfort. Glover said to The Hollywood Reporter, “And I don’t know if we were ever going to get to a place where we could be completely brutal to each other.”

Glover hypothesized that cultural differences could have played a role in the conflict, pointing out that Waller-Bridge’s native UK had a different collaborative writing culture than he did in the US. He emphasized how Waller-Bridge’s creation of an Atlanta writers’ room contrasted with his solitary approach to penning Fleabag. Glover clarified that their inability to really participate in the creative process together could have been caused by their disparate approaches.

We never seemed to be at ease enough with one another, in my opinion. That’s OK, too. That is the result of having two captains. As if to say, This is how I manage my ship. I manage my ship in this manner, then. This program is so huge of a concept that I don’t believe it can have two captains. She rewrote the pilot, and when I read her screenplay, I said, “That’s definitely not my style,” but if she had written it with her in it, everyone would have agreed that Comicbook was a fantastic show.

Glover expressed hope about Waller-Bridge’s possible participation in the project had she had a stronger connection to it, despite the challenges of their cooperation. He made it clear that he respected her creative independence and was prepared to cede power in order to advance the goals of the project.

Mr. & Mrs. Smith is a contemporary retelling of the 2005 movie starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie that centers on two strangers who are picked up by an espionage organization. They accept the offer of money, excitement, and a lovely life in Manhattan in exchange for taking on the aliases of John and Jane Smith, a married couple.

Their fictitious partnership starts to present new difficulties as they negotiate tasks and their newly discovered closeness.

Glover, Erskine, Parker Posey, Wagner Moura, Michaela Cole, John Turturro, Paul Dano, Alexander Skarsgård, Eiza González, Sarah Paulson, Sharon Horgan, Ron Perlman, Billy Campbell, and Ursula Corbero are among the series’ renowned ensemble cast members.

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