Chris Pine calls Harry Styles spit-gate row 'foolish speculation', body language expert dubs clip ‘misleading’
VENICE, ITALY: Harry Styles and Florence Pugh starrer ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ has already managed to create a buzz online due to the alleged differences between the latter and Style’s lover and film’s director Olivia Wilde. And, if this was not enough, another controversy rocked the star cast when a video of former One Direction member appearing to be spitting on co-star Chris Pine went viral on the internet in no time.
However, a day later, Chris Pine via his rep hushed the controversy claiming nothing of that sort happened. The ‘Wonder Woman’ star claimed that the controversy was ridiculous adding that it was a complete fabrication. Styles, in the video from the movie screening at Venice Film Festival, appeared to be bending down to take his seat as his lips move before Pine quickly looks down and stops clapping. Many believed Styles spat on the actor while the latter’s loyal fans came to his rescue.
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‘This is a ridiculous story’
In a statement to People magazine, Pine, via a rep, stated, “This is a ridiculous story- a complete fabrication and the result of an odd online illusion that is clearly deceiving and allows for foolish speculation." The rep added, “Just to be clear, Harry Styles did not spit on Chris Pine.”
The rep further said, “There is nothing but respect between these two men and any suggestion otherwise is a blatant attempt to create drama that simply does not exist." Harry Styles is yet to comment on the matter. MEAWW will keep you posted. In the viral video the 42-year-old actor can be seen shaking his head slightly and appears to giggle before reaching down and grabbing his sunglasses that were placed between his legs. The actor continues to look amused as Styles sits besides him.
‘It was a misleading clip’
A body language expert chimed in after Styles and Pine’s video quickly broke the Internet. Speaking to The Daily Mail, Judi James said the video was misleading. She continued that Pine would have to be “the master of self-control” if Styles did pull the stunt. “If we watch his body language, and ignore Harry's we can see him suddenly pause and look down in what could be reflective disbelief or surprise”, said James, adding, “It is a brief moment before he grins again, chewing on some gum himself, and grabs the pen up before closing his eyes in a long blink.”
The body language expert then speaks about Harry Styles, saying, “He fiddles with his jacket and hails someone behind him before throwing himself back into his seat to play with his phone. If the Spit-gate rumors were true, then Chris Pine would have to be the utter master of self-control.”
James elaborated, “If he can be spat on and only need a long blink to contain his reactions and control himself from what for most might be a spontaneous reaction of anger and shock, then he is an exceptional man,” adding, “We shouldn't accuse Harry on this evidence alone and unless he or Chris relates otherwise, it's probably better to assume it was a misleading clip.” 'Don't Worry Darling’ opens in theatres on September 23.