Harry Styles’ co-star jokes he dared actor to ‘spit’ on Chris Pine
Nick Kroll, who starred in psychological thriller Don't Worry Darling, has joked that he orchestrated the rumoured drama that has surrounded the film.
The comedian, 44, has a supporting role in the film directed by Olivia Wilde, with Florence Pugh and Harry Styles playing lead characters.
Rumours of a feud between Wilde and Pugh have been circulating during promo for the film, which was released last week.
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It has been reported that the alleged feud has since developed into a full-scale, behind-the-scenes drama, after a video was shared of Styles appearing to spit on co-star Chris Pine during the film's premiere at Venice Film Festival, earlier this month.
Representatives for both Pine and Styles’ denied the validity of the clip, while Wilde commented that it was “a perfect example of people [looking] for drama anywhere they can”.
However Kroll jokingly took responsibility for 'spitgate', telling Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show that he had started the drama from the beginning, to create a “buzz” for the film.
He said: “If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s a thriller, and I think the less you know about the movie going in, the better, so that when you’re watching it, it’s all new and surprising.
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“So I decided – let’s create a lot of buzz around the film, but not about the film itself.
“You know, I’m the puppeteer. I was like, ‘Hey Harry, you know what would be a great idea? When you walk into the premiere in Venice, spit on Chris Pine.” And he was like, ‘Got it.’ But then he was like, “I don’t know if that’s gonna work,’” he joked.
“So then I was like, ‘Maybe you should just give me a kiss.’ And then I asked him to spit in my mouth and he wouldn’t do that. The guy’s got boundaries.”
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