Florence Pugh struck in face by hurled object while in Brazil promoting ‘Dune’ sequel


Florence Pugh, fresh off her 'Oppenheimer' role, stars as Princess Irulan in 'Dune Part 2'. Photo: TNS

It seems that rowdy fans aren’t hurling objects at just musicians anymore. The unruly behaviour has made its way to the movie world – more specifically, to Oscar nominee Florence Pugh‘s face.

Pugh, known for Midsommar and Little Women, joined co-stars Zendaya, Austin Butler and Timothee Chalamet to promote Dune: Part 2 at the Brazil fan event CCXP over the weekend. CCXP ran from Thursday to Sunday (Dec 3) and was held at Sao Paulo Expo.

During a panel for the forthcoming movie, the Black Widow actor, her co-stars and director Denis Villeneuve posed for a group photo.

As the Dune team held their poses, an audience member seemingly hurled an object that resembled a pen at the stage, hitting the 27-year-old Don’t Worry Darling star in her right eye, a video circulating on X shows. After the impact, Pugh flinched, touched her right eye and bent down to examine the object.

Neither representatives for Pugh nor CCXP immediately responded to The LA Times’ request for comment on Monday.

In recent months, several musicians have spoken out against fans throwing objects on stage. Just last month both R&B singer Ari Lennox and Taylor Swift told their respective fans to hold back. “It really freaks me out when stuff gets thrown on the stage,” Swift told her crowd during a Buenos Aires concert on her Eras tour.

This year alone, musicians Harry Styles, Bebe Rexha, Pink, Ava Max, Drake and Kelsea Ballerini have been subject to similar fan behaviour.

In June, I’m Good singer Rexha received stitches above her left eyebrow after a fan hurled his phone at the singer during a concert in New York. Concertgoer and New Jersey resident Nicolas Malvagna, who was arrested, allegedly said he chucked his device at the stage for entertainment, according to a criminal complaint.

“I was trying to see if I could hit her with the phone at the end of the show because it would be funny,” Malvagna allegedly said.

Pugh’s CCXP appearance was one of her first to promote the release of Dune: Part 2, which has been delayed to March 1, 2024.

The highly anticipated sci-fi epic was initially set to premiere on Nov 3, but was shelved for a later release amid the writers’ and actors’ strikes – which ended Sept 27 and Nov 9, respectively.

Dune: Part 2 follows Chalamet’s Paul Atreides as he learns the way of the desert-dwelling Fremen to defeat the greedy Baron Vladimir Harkonnen (Stellan Skarsgard). Pugh, fresh off her Oppenheimer role, stars as Princess Irulan.

Rebecca Ferguson, Dave Bautista, Javier Bardem and Lea Seydoux also star in Dune: Part 2. – Los Angeles Times/Tribune News Service

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