When “Don’t Worry Darling” was gearing up for its premiere last year, there was a burning question on fans’ minds: “Did Harry Styles spit on Chris Pine?” Months after the scandal, the “Star Trek” actor issued a response.
In a TikTok interview with Esquire published Wednesday, the “Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves” star revisited his time on the “Don’t Worry Darling” press tour, including that controversial stop at her International Film Festival Venice 2022.
Half a year after fans speculated that Styles spat on co-star Pine’s lap during the film’s premiere at the Venice event, Pine said that wasn’t the case.
“He didn’t spit on me. I think what he said is he leaned down and I think he said, “They’re just words, aren’t they?”
Pine explained that he and his co-stars had “this little joke” when answering questions from the press while jetlagged and exhausted from promoting the film.
“Sometimes when you do these things with the guy, your brain gets messed up and you know you start talking nonsense and we had a joke, ‘it’s just words,'” Pine said.
In the viral moment of Venice, Pine was applauding Stiles as he was about to take his place. While doing so, the “Watermelon Sugar” singer leaned over Pine, who slowed his clapping and took a long look at his lap after Styles sat down. In September, a rep for the “Wonder Woman” star said the talk was “silly speculation.”
After the alleged spat made the rounds on the internet, Styles used the moment for material at a Madison Square Garden show.
“Great to be back in New York. I just went really fast to Venice to spit on Chris Pine,” he said.
“Don’t Worry Darling” director and Styles’ former flame Olivia Wilde also denied claims that Styles spat at Pine. Speaking on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” Wilde further shut down the drama surrounding “Don’t Worry Darling.”
Before the film even debuted, “Don’t Worry Darling” was plagued by several scandals, including actor Shia LaBeouf claiming he left the film’s lead role on his own terms.
For Wednesday’s Esquire cover story, Pine said he had “absolutely no knowledge of” any of the scandals and couldn’t “concern.”
“If I feel bad, it’s because the vitriol the movie got was completely out of proportion to what was on the screen,” he said. “Venice was normal for things to drift into a narrative that people wanted to do, coupled with the metastases that can happen in the Twitter realm. It is ridiculous.”