Chris Pine has revealed he cut his long locks off after his publicist hilariously compared him to Friends icon Rachel Green.
Pine, 42, – who stars in the new Dungeons & Dragons movie – grew his hair out last year and debuted it at the Venice Film Festival when he was promoting Don’t Worry Darling – but the new look was not warmly received by his colleague.
‘I thought I was looking pretty, pretty fly, the hair was long, everything was happening, and my publicist said I looked like Rachel from Friends,’ Chris told Esquire.
‘I couldn’t unhear it,’ he said, ‘And it was the first day and my first time in Venice…’
Jennifer Aniston, who played Green on Friends from 1994-2004 – became a hairstyle icon with her layered ‘do, dubbed ‘The Rachel cut’ – with the style becoming one of the most popular haircuts of the 1990s.
Oh dear: Chris Pine (L in September 2022) has revealed he cut his long locks off after his publicist hilariously compared him to Friends icon Rachel Green (R)
Pine added: ‘It was a long flight to f*****g Italy. I was so jetlagged and then you get thrown into a press conference where you get to talk about a film you made five and a half years ago. I was just tired, frankly.’
And it was at the Venice Film Festival when ‘spit-gate’ got its start.
In a viral moment, it looked like Harry Styles had spit on his Don’t Worry Darling co-star as they sat next to each other at the film’s premiere.
During the bizarre interaction, Pine – who was clapping as Styles took his assigned seat next to him – seemed to stop in his tracks, look down at his leg, and stick out his tongue in disbelief.
The laughing actor then shot an amusing look back at the pop star – who was too busy adjusting his jacket and smiling around the room to notice Pine’s cheeky reaction.
A source close to Pine told MailOnline: ‘Harry Styles did not spit at all. People are seeing some odd illusion of sorts online that is clearly deceiving.’
And Pine has cleared the record on what really went down in Venice.
‘I think what he said, is he leaned down, and I think he said, “It’s just words, isn’t it?” Because we had this little joke, because we’re all jetlagged, we’re all trying to answer these questions, and sometimes when you’re doing these press things, your brain goes all befuddled, you know, you start speaking gibberish, and we had a joke like, “It’s just words, man.”‘
At the time, a representative for Pine fired back at the ‘spitting’ scandal: ‘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.’
Sizzling: These days, Pine’s hair is cut short and he’s embracing the salt-and-pepper color of his locks
Venice blues: ‘I thought I was looking pretty, pretty fly, the hair was long, everything was happening, and my publicist said I looked like Rachel from Friends,’ Chris told Esquire
‘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.’
Pine also addressed the Don’t Worry Darling press tour which was dominated by alleged drama on the set of the film and speculation over Olivia Wilde’s salad recipe.
‘If there was drama, there was drama,’ he told Esquire of filming the movie. However, he clarified for the record: ‘I absolutely didn’t know about it, nor really would I have cared.
‘If I feel badly, it’s because the vitriol that the movie got was absolutely out of proportion with what was onscreen.
‘Venice was normal things getting swept up in a narrative that people wanted to make, compounded by the metastasizing that can happen in the Twittersphere. It was ridiculous.’
Pine also weighed in on a fourth Star Trek film, which has been years in the works. For now, the actor insists he doesn’t know anything about the status of the movie – but he does think the franchise is cursed.
‘After the last one came out and didn’t do the $1 billion that everyone wanted it to do, and then Anton—Yelchin, who played Chekov—passed away, I don’t know,’ he continued. ‘It just seemed… feels like it’s cursed.’
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