“There is nothing but respect between these two men and any suggestion otherwise is a blatant attempt to create drama,” a rep for Chris Pine said
Chris Pine has broken his silence on the viral video of Harry Styles spitting on him at the Venice International Film Festival.
A spokeswoman for Pine, 42, says of the feud rumors surrounding the actor and his Don’t Worry Darling co-star, 28, in a statement. “This is a stupid story – a complete fiction resulting from an unusual web illusion that is clearly deceptive and allows for dumb speculation.”
“To be clear, Harry Styles did not spit on Chris Pine,” the representative adds. “These two men have nothing but respect for one another, and any suggestion otherwise is a shameless attempt to create drama that simply does not exist.”
The incident occurred on Monday during the premiere of Don’t Worry Darling in Venice, Italy, and a video showing Styles taking his seat next to Pine — who is seated to the left of the film’s director (and Styles’ girlfriend), Olivia Wilde.
As the “Watermelon Sugar” singer lowers down to take his seat, his lips move before Pine swiftly looks down and stops clapping — which some thought was Pine’s acknowledgment that the singer had just spit.
Pine then shakes his head slightly and appears to giggle before reaching down and grabbing his sunglasses that are placed between his legs and continuing to look amused.
As the clip began to go viral, the internet debated just exactly what occurred. One Twitter user posted a GIF made from the clip along with the message, “He 100% spit on Chris Pine.”
Others jumped to Styles’ defense online, giving another explanation for what happened. “Chris pine just wondered where his sunglasses were after the applause,” Twitter user @cinemazietgeist wrote of her interpretation of the footage.
“And he zoned out (as he had done all day) and realized it was in his lap. So, I’m sorry to inform you that Harry Styles did not spit on him “added the latter user
The same person later published a slowed-down version of the scene with the caption, “And this footage reveals nothing left his mouth.”
Don’t Worry Darling stars Styles and Florence Pugh as Jack and Alice, a young couple living in the supposedly idyllic business town of Victory, California in the 1950s. As fissures appear in their beautiful town, Alice becomes preoccupied with the nature of her husband’s job.
Don’t worry Darling hits theatres on September 23.