Chris Pine Responds To His Co-Star Allegedly Spitting On Him

Chris Pines says Harry Styles never spit on him.

By Matthew Creith | Published

The upcoming psychological drama Don’t Worry Darling hasn’t been shown to a wide audience in theaters yet, but the film’s release is already making the headlines for reasons that have nothing to do with the movie’s plot. The behind-the-scenes drama that has unfolded in recent weeks between the movie’s star Florence Pugh and director Olivia Wilde has made the film’s press tour an awkward one. While the movie premiered at the Venice Film Festival this week, many videos of the ensemble cast were taken at the premiere, including one where it appeared to many fans that Chris Pine was spit on by pop star Harry Styles. The video quickly made the rounds on social media and went viral on Twitter specifically.

The clip in question that was posted to Twitter seems to show Harry Styles spitting at actor Chris Pine as he enters the theater where Don’t Worry Darling was being shown in Venice. According to a report by, Chris Pine’s representatives are playing down the story by saying that Harry Styles never actually spit and that the so-called “Spitgate” is nonsense. In a statement to Variety, Pine’s representative notes that the incident is a “complete fabrication” on the part of social media users and that “Harry Styles did not spit on Chris Pine.” With that context in mind, it appears that Pine may have just been looking for his sunglasses, stopped clapping, found his glasses, and smirked at himself for how forgetful he was at the moment. Or so it seems.

Regardless of what really happened in the moment that went viral between Chris Pine and Harry Styles, the tension at the premiere was clearly felt by many who reviewed the videos and photographs of the cast. Rolling Stone reports that Florence Pugh is skipping most of the North American screenings of Don’t Worry Darling. She was not present during press conferences in Venice, which suggests that she is not interested in promoting the movie that she is the star of. This comes on the heels of reported disagreements that Pugh and Olivia Wilde have had, including possible pay disparity that has been the topic of conversation lately, as well as whether or not Shia LaBeouf was fired from the set. The movie will have its U.S. premiere in New York without Pugh nor Pine in attendance.

Critics have been mixed in their reviews of Don’t Worry Darling since the film debuted at the Venice Film Festival with the film’s stars Chris Pine, Harry Styles, Florence Pugh, and Gemma Chan all in attendance. Rotten Tomatoes currently ranks the movie with a 42% based on 38 critics’ reviews coming out of Venice, most of them praising Pugh’s performance and harshly criticizing the film’s plot twists and Styles’ acting skills. However, that ranking may change once the film releases to a wider audience in the United States. Don’t Worry Darling is set to debut in the United States on September 23rd, while Styles will be promoting another film soon to be released, My Policeman.