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Chris Pine Tuning Out is the internet’s new favorite meme

Have you ever passed out while a colleague was talking? We have all been there. Actor Chris Pine was caught in an equally awkward moment during the Venice Film Festival press conference for his new movie Don’t Worry Darling, and it’s become a fun meme.

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

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

A lot of people have used the same word to describe Pine’s look — “dissociate,” as in, Pine really, really wishes he was somewhere else. (And as you’ll notice from her various outfits below, Pine didn’t just flaunt this look once, fans memorized various photos from different press events.)

Wrote one, “Chris Pine looking like a white suburban mother in the morning after a crying wine party.”

Another said: “I get you Chris Pine. I too want to dissociate myself from what is going on around me.”

The meme follows “spitgate”: On Monday, the internet lit up over-reviewing a piece of video that some say showed Styles spitting on Pine during the press event.

GameSpot’s Mark Serrels summed it up nicely in a previous article: “After careful consideration, I am absolutely of the opinion that Styles did not spit on Pine because that would be insane.” And on Tuesday, People magazine quoted a rep for Pine who completely dismissed the idea of ​​intentionally spitting.

“It’s a ridiculous story – a complete fabrication and the result of a bizarre online illusion that is clearly misleading and allows for wild speculation,” the rep said. “To be clear, Harry Styles didn’t spit on Chris Pine. There is nothing but respect between these two men and any suggestion to the contrary is a blatant attempt to create drama that simply doesn’t exist.”

If half of this off-screen drama shows up in the movie, it’s sure to be an Oscar contender.


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