Body language expert rules Harry Styles DID NOT spit on Chris Pine amid film drama


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Chris Pine has vehemently denied that his co-star Harry Styles spit on him at the Venice Film Festival, despite rampant Twitter speculation.

Video posted online showed the former One Directioner, 28, bend over Pine before sitting down, a motion which some have speculated is Styles spitting on the movie star.

Immediately after, Pine — who was clapping as Styles took his assigned seat next to him at the Venice Film Festival on Sunday — seemed to stop in his tracks, looks down at his leg and sticks out his tongue in disbelief.

The laughing actor, 42, then shoots an amused look back at the popstar – who is too busy adjusting his jacket and smiling around the room to notice Pine’s cheeky reaction.

Many online have said it appears as if Styles spat on the Wonder Woman star in the short clip, amid ongoing controversies surrounding their film Don’t Worry Darling.

But a representative for Pine told DailyMail.com: ‘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.

‘Just to be clear, Harry Styles did NOT spit on Chris Pine,’ she continued. ‘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.’

DailyMail.com has also reached out to a representative of Harry Styles for comment. 

Pine’s denial comes as a body language expert told DailyMail.com that the now viral clip, in which the One Directioner, 28, bends down as he approaches his seat next to the Star Trek star, is ‘misleading.’

Judi James said Pine would have to be ‘the master of self-control’ if the As It Was singer did, in fact, gob on him.

When Styles gets to his seat, he slightly bends over Pine before sitting down, a motion which some have speculated is Styles spitting on Pine

When Styles gets to his seat, he slightly bends over Pine before sitting down, a motion which some have speculated is Styles spitting on Pine

Immediately after Styles made that motion, Pine abruptly stops clapping and looks to his lap before he starts laughing as the brief video comes to an end

 Immediately after Styles made that motion, Pine abruptly stops clapping and looks to his lap before he starts laughing as the brief video comes to an end

She said that at the beginning of the video, Pine is seen ‘sitting with a comfortable leg splay, and drops what looks like a pen down into his lap to free his hands up to clap.

‘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,’ James told DailyMail.com. ‘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.’ 

Then, she said, if you look at Styles as he arrives he ‘fiddles with his jacket and hails someone behind him before throwing himself back into his seat to play with his phone,’ apparently ignoring Pine.

‘If the Spit-gate rumors were true, then Chris Pine would have to be the utter master of self control,’ James said. ‘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.’ 

Based on this evidence, James instead suggested Pine may have seen that the pen he dropped in his lap ‘marked his cream outfit,’ or he could ‘have been reacting to Harry’s apparent ignoring of both himself and Olivia’ Wilde, the director of the film.

Others have also suggested that Pine was just fiddling with his sunglasses, which were placed between his legs.

‘We shouldn’t accuse Harry on this evidence alone,’ James concluded, ‘and unless he or Chris relates otherwise, it’s probably better to assume it was a misleading clip.’  

Styles has not yet commented on the spitting controversy, which is just the latest installment of drama surrounding the actors in Don’t Worry Darling – who have stirred up a barrage of gossip ahead of the film’s premiere.

It remains unclear whether Styles did, in fact, spit on Pine's lap, but it adds to the contentious moments behind the scenes of the upcoming film

It remains unclear whether Styles did, in fact, spit on Pine’s lap, but it adds to the contentious moments behind the scenes of the upcoming film 

Another video from Variety's Ramin Setoodeh shows another angle of Styles taking his seat, and seemingly lasts a few seconds longer

Another video from Variety’s Ramin Setoodeh shows another angle of Styles taking his seat, and seemingly lasts a few seconds longer

Styles has been known to spit during his performances, with fans of the former One Direction star embracing his routine at concerts in which he would take a gulp of water and spit it at the crowd in a move known as ‘the whale.’

But another video from the so-called Spit-gate incident taken by Variety’s Ramin Setoodeh shows another angle and seems to last a few seconds later.

It appears to show Pine and Styles chatting briefly after the apparent incident, though it’s unclear what was said during the interaction.

Styles seems to be having a relatively polite conversation with his costar, which seems unlikely if he had just spat on him. 

Styles has been known to spit during his performances

Fans of the former One Direction star have embraced his routine at concerts in which he would take a gulp of water and spit it at the crowd in a move known as 'the whale'

Styles has been known to spit during his performances, with fans of the former One Direction star embracing his routine at concerts in which he would take a gulp of water and spit it at the crowd in a move known as ‘the whale.’

Still, the viral incident is just the latest controversy facing the stars of Wilde’s film, Don’t Worry Darling.

In 2021, troubled star Shia LaBeouf was fired from the movie after reportedly clashing with Wilde, the director of the film, on set. Something that Wilde appeared to confirm in an interview with Variety.

 ‘His process was not conductive to the ethos that I demand in my productions,’ she said. ‘He has a process that, in some ways seems to require a combative energy and I don’t personally believe that is conductive to the best performances.

‘I believe that creating a safe, trusting environment is the best way to get people to do their best work. Ultimately, my responsibility is to the production and to the cast to protect them.’ 

However, in August 2022, LaBeouf provided evidence to Variety that Wilde had sought to keep him on the film, saying he decided to quit because he felt the actors were not given adequate time to rehearse.

Part of that evidence saw Wilde speak disparagingly about the movie’s lead, Florence Pugh. 

That led to more reports that Pugh and Wilde had beef on set. In the lead-up to the film’s release, Pugh did little-to-no promotion for the movie. 

She also reportedly had an issue with Wilde and Styles’ budding relationship on the set as well as the promotions for the film.

Pine's representative has now denied the spitting rumors in a statement to DailyMail.com

Pine’s representative has now denied the spitting rumors in a statement to DailyMail.com 

Wilde and Styles started dating each other while filming, apparently to the dismay of fellow co-star Florence Pugh

She told Harper’s Bazaar: ‘When it’s reduced to your sex scenes, or to watch the most famous man in the world go down on someone, it’s not why we do it.

‘It’s not why I’m in this industry. Obviously, the nature of hiring the most famous pop star in the world, you’re going to have conversations like that.

‘That’s just not what I’m going to be discussing because [this movie is] bigger and better than that. And the people who made it are bigger and better than that.’

In a red carpet interview just prior to the alleged spitting incident, Pine spoke lovingly about his time working with Pugh.

The rumor now is that Styles, Wilde’s boyfriend, saw this as a sign that Pine was taking sides in the argument and the spit is how he reacted. 

Neither Pine nor Styles have commented publicly on the supposed incident, though this theory has no shortage of support on Twitter, with even Setoodeh himself adding more speculative fuel to the fire with a quote-retweet of his own tweet, hours after the video was taken.

‘Coming from the #DontWorryDarling premiere tonight, this is all I can say: There are no trash cans in the Sala Grande — not in the lobby or in the mezzanine where these seats are located. 

‘So hypothetically, if you were chewing a piece of gum, there’d be no place to put it,’ Setoodeh said.

'Coming from the #DontWorryDarling premiere tonight, this is all I can say: There are no trash cans in the Sala Grande — not in the lobby or in the mezzanine where these seats are located. So hypothetically, if you were chewing a piece of gum, there’d be no place to put it,' Setoodeh said

‘Coming from the #DontWorryDarling premiere tonight, this is all I can say: There are no trash cans in the Sala Grande — not in the lobby or in the mezzanine where these seats are located. So hypothetically, if you were chewing a piece of gum, there’d be no place to put it,’ Setoodeh said

'#HarryStyles appears to spit on Chris Pine I won't sleep until I know the truth,' he said

‘#HarryStyles appears to spit on Chris Pine I won’t sleep until I know the truth,’ he said

Others like @GianmarcoSoresi compared the supposed spit to an episode of Seinfeld entitled The Boyfriend, where Kramer (Michael Richards) and Newman (Wayne Knight) tell a wild tale about New York Mets player Keith Hernandez spitting on Kramer

 Others like @GianmarcoSoresi compared the supposed spit to an episode of Seinfeld entitled The Boyfriend, where Kramer (Michael Richards) and Newman (Wayne Knight) tell a wild tale about New York Mets player Keith Hernandez spitting on Kramer

@shayfill666 shared Judd Apatow's tweet about the Will Smith Oscar slap, adding, 'Me watching Harry spit on Chris'

@shayfill666 shared Judd Apatow’s tweet about the Will Smith Oscar slap, adding, ‘Me watching Harry spit on Chris’

While Setoodeh didn’t tweet any further about the spit debacle, plenty of other Twitter users did, including @Mac70J, who shared the video and stated, ‘

‘#HarryStyles appears to spit on Chris Pine I won’t sleep until I know the truth,’ he said.

Others like @GianmarcoSoresi compared the supposed spit to an episode of Seinfeld entitled The Boyfriend, where Kramer (Michael Richards) and Newman (Wayne Knight) tell a wild tale about New York Mets player Keith Hernandez spitting on Kramer. 

Soresi shared an image from that episode in his tweet, adding, ‘Me and my gay friends trying to figure out if Harry Styles spit at Chris Pine.’ 

@RegardingJosh added, 'Whether or not Harry spit on Chris is gonna be one of the great mysteries of our time. Like what Bill Murray whispered at the end of Lost in Translation or Who bit Beyonce'

@RegardingJosh added, ‘Whether or not Harry spit on Chris is gonna be one of the great mysteries of our time. Like what Bill Murray whispered at the end of Lost in Translation or Who bit Beyonce’

@been_herde added, 'the "I did not spit on that man" notes app apology Harry Styles will soon be forced to tweet is already shaping up to be an all-timer

@been_herde added, ‘the ‘I did not spit on that man’ notes app apology Harry Styles will soon be forced to tweet is already shaping up to be an all-timer

@Benson_TheDad added, 'HARRY STYLES SAID HIS FAVORITE THING ABOUT THE MOVIE IS THAT IT FEELS LIKE A MOVIE. HE THEN APPARENTLY SPIT ON CHRIS PINE'

@Benson_TheDad added, ‘HARRY STYLES SAID HIS FAVORITE THING ABOUT THE MOVIE IS THAT IT FEELS LIKE A MOVIE. HE THEN APPARENTLY SPIT ON CHRIS PINE’

@cursedhive added a photo of Keke Palmer on Hot Ones adding, 'Chris Pine when that spit landed'

@cursedhive added a photo of Keke Palmer on Hot Ones adding, ‘Chris Pine when that spit landed’

@mitthrawnu added, 'The streets calling it spitgate oh this is getting serious

@mitthrawnu added, ‘The streets calling it spitgate oh this is getting serious

@spidervalkyrie added 'harry stans trying to find a way to blame olivia for spitgate

@spidervalkyrie added ‘harry stans trying to find a way to blame olivia for spitgate

@filmotreides added 'i left twitter for an hour and came back to *checks notes* spitgate this can't be fr'

@filmotreides added ‘i left twitter for an hour and came back to *checks notes* spitgate this can’t be fr’

Oddly, this isn’t the first time that spitting may have gotten Styles negative publicity. 

For years, fans of the former One Direction star embraced his spit take known as ‘the whale.’

But when the As It Was singer took the stage in Las Vegas in September 2021 — his first concert since the Covid-19 pandemic — Styles was widely criticized for the move. 

One fan wrote on Twitter: ‘I love you dearly. But it’s Covid. Please stop taking a drink from water bottles then throwing it on people and doing the whale. 

‘That’s…an incredible amount of germs. I know most of us would let you spit in our mouths but just maybe retire it for this tour? No hate.’

Another tweeted: ‘I am a directioner but dear god?? harry just spit in front of the crowd? in the middle of the pandemic and he’s getting praised because of it? how tf.’ 

Coincidentally, during the height of his One Direction days back in 2013, Styles was quoted as saying that he would never date a woman who spat in public. 

The singer said: ‘I don’t think I’ve ever dated a girl who’s spat. I mean when you drive down the street and you see somebody spit? That’s gross.’



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