Have you ever just walked away while a colleague was talking? We’ve all been there. Actor Chris Pine was caught in a similarly awkward moment at the Venice Film Festival press conference for his new film Don’t Worry Baby, and it became a hilarious meme.

Here’s the backstory: Pine stars in the Olivia Wilde-directed psychological thriller, which hits US theaters on September 23. Although few people have seen the film yet, it is making headlines for alleged controversies surrounding on-set relationships and other matters.

And now there’s the photo, taken at the Venice Film Festival ahead of the film’s screening, in which Pine stares off into the middle while co-star Harry Styles gives a strange answer to a question. “I think my favorite thing about the movie is that it feels like … a movie,” Stiles said. Fans had many opinions about exactly what Pine was thinking.

Many people latched on to the same word to describe Pine’s appearance – “detachment,” as in “Pine really, really wishes he was somewhere else.” (And as you’ll notice from his various outfits below, Pine didn’t just rock this look once, fans have remembered different photos from various press events.)

Wrote one: “Chris Pine looks like a white suburban mom the morning after a night of wine crying.”

Another said: “Got you Chris Pine. I also want to separate myself from what is happening around me.”

Meme follows ‘spitgate’: On Monday, the internet was abuzz over a portion of a video that some believed showed Styles spitting on Pine at the press event.

CNET’s Mark Serrels summed it up nicely in an earlier article: “After careful research, I’m absolutely of the opinion that Stiles didn’t spit on Pine, because that would be crazy.” And on Tuesday, People magazine quoted a rep for Pine who completely shot down the idea of ​​intentional spitting.

“This is a ridiculous story – a complete fabrication and the result of a strange online illusion that is clearly fraudulent and allows for silly speculation,” the representative said. “Just to be clear, Harry Styles is not spitting on Chris Pine. There is only respect between these two men and any suggestion otherwise is a clear attempt to create drama that simply does not exist.’

If half of this off-screen drama makes it into the film, it’s sure to be an Oscar contender.


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