In response to rumors that Harry Styles “spit” on Chris Pine at the Venice Film Festival, Olivia Wilde spoke out.
The director of “Don’t Worry Darling” corrected the record on “The Late Show” on Wednesday 21 September, saying, “Harry did not spit on Chris.”
They’ll find drama wherever they can, she continued; “I believe it’s a fantastic example of that.”
A short but mysterious exchange between Styles and Pine during this year’s Venice Film Festival circulated widely earlier this month.
At the Venice premiere of Don’t Worry Darling, Styles and Pine were spotted kissing in front of their co-stars, including Florence Pugh, who plays the lead role in the film, and Olivia Wilde, who plays the love interest.
The video was submitted to Twitter by user JZMaclin, who said that Harry Styles “appears to spit” on Pine when he sits down in his designated seat next to the actor, causing Pine to glance down at his lap and stop clapping.
With over 5.5 million views in 24 hours, many viewers were convinced that Styles “absolutely did” spit on his co-star.
Others thought it was more plausible that the two were just playing about and ignored the “spitting” assertion altogether.
After the incident, a spokeswoman for Pine said, “This is a stupid narrative — a pure fiction and the consequence of an unusual web illusion that is clearly deceptive and allows for silly speculation.”
Harry Styles did not spit on Chris Pine, to be clear. All that exists between these two guys is mutual respect, and any insinuation to the contrary is an obvious attempt to manufacture conflict where none exists.
To add to The Independent’s report, a close friend of Styles also said the incident never happened.
The controversy surrounding Shia LaBeouf’s departure from the production and subsequent replacement by Styles certainly contributed to the widespread suspicion about the clip.