Fans, fuming after more drama in Olivia Wilde’s second film, Don’t Worry Darling, spent their Monday pondering multiple angles of footage of stars Harry Styles and Chris Pine at the Venice International Film Festival.
Convinced the “As It Was” singer spat in his co-star Pine’s crotch during the film’s premiere, observant social media users with way too much time played a short clip that showed take the alleged spit while Styles took his seat in the Sala Grande.
The meme-generating moment had many wondering if Styles actually sent some saliva down Pines’ path and invented a narrative between the “Dunkirk” and “Star Trek” actors.
“I won’t sleep until I know the truth,” one Twitter user joked.
Both Pine’s and Styles’ camp have remained mother in terms of the exchange.
The clip showed Styles, 28, arriving to take his empty seat next to Pine, 42, who smiled while joining Wilde and the crowd in applause. But as the former One Direction frontman gets ready to sit to Pine’s left, he appears to purse his lips briefly. Then Pine looks down at his own lap and pauses for a moment, then seems to laugh. There was no reaction from Wilde, who is dating Styles but was seated to Pine’s right.
The high-profile event, likely intended to reignite discourse about the film’s scandal-ridden production, instead continued to be a spitball sport on social media. Previously, an awkward press conference without Florence Pugh and footage of Pine’s ‘Astral Projection’ at a joint interview with Styles further cemented this feeling.
“Did you see that? Harry Styles spits on Chris Pine. Yes, it’s true. People are dissecting the footage looking for a second spit, but apparently it only came from one direction.” wrote a Twitter user riffing in the style of former “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno.
“People actually think Harry went over there and decided to spit on Chris in front of several people for no reason?” a doubter wrote, “and Chris didn’t make a move to wipe it off and just sat there smiling and laughing? Be f—serious.”
“Do I think Harry Styles spat on Chris Pine on purpose? no. Do I find it absolutely hilarious to pretend he did it? definitely,” said another tweet.
The drama surrounding the lukewarmly received film continued after director Wilde and actress Shia LaBeouf fell out during filming of the high-profile project and Pugh, who was at the center of the argument, reduced her press appointments before and during the premiere.
Salivating armchair analysts will be able to judge the film for themselves when it opens in US theaters on September 23.
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