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Harry Styles kisses Don’t Worry Darling co-star Nick Kroll at Venice Film Festival premiere

The film's reviews are not... stunning.

By Alastair James

Words: Alastair James; pictures: Twitter/@RaminSeetoodeh

Harry Styles celebrated the premiere of his new film Don’t Worry Darling by giving his co-star, Nick Kroll (Big Mouth) a smooch at the Venice Film Festival. 

The film sees the ‘As It Was’ singer star as Jack in Olivia Wilde’s (Booksmart) psychological thriller, which is led by Black Widow‘s Florence Pugh and also stars Star Trek actor, Chris Pine, as well as Wilde and Eternals‘ Gemma Chan.

The group was (eventually) all present at the film’s premiere at the prestigious film festival following much controversy around the film, including a rumoured beef between leading lady Pugh and director/star, Wilde. 

Following the film’s debut, the cast received a five-minute standing ovation. But as they began to file out Harry gave Kroll a light smooch, to screams and cheers from the audience. In footage shared on social media, the two men are seen hugging and laughing about it before walking off together.

Another video from the red carpet shows the two actors looking cosy and smiling before posing for cameras.

The buzz around Don’t Worry Darling has been a lot, to say the least.

As well as rumours of a “falling out” between Olivia Wilde and Florence Pugh, there are reports that Harry Styles was paid around three times more than Pugh, who leads the film, and there is the controversy around Shia Labeouf’s exit from the project, which led to Styles getting the role. 

Asked about the feud rumours at the press conference before the film’s premiere Wilde failed to comment specifically other than to say that Florence or “Miss Flo” was “a force,” and called the rumours “tabloid gossip” that “I don’t feel I need to contribute to it. It’s sufficiently well-nourished,” as reported by Deadline.

Sadly the reviews of the film have been anything but stunning with The Independent writing it is “nowhere near as captivating as the tabloid frenzy surrounding it” and calling Harry’s portrayal “one-dimensional”. 

As well as Don’t Worry Darling, Style can soon be seen in the gay romance-drama, My Policeman, where he stars as a young police officer called Tom in 1950s Brighton.

Tom marries a teacher named Marion (Emma Corrin) while also developing feelings for museum curator Patrick (David Dawson). The romance between Tom and Patrick threatens them all in a time when homosexuality is still illegal.

The film also stars Linus Roache, Gina McKee, and Rupert Everett and will get its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Don’t Worry Darling will be released in UK cinemas on 23 September 2022.

My Policeman will be released in cinemas across the US and UK on 21 October and will then be available to stream worldwide on 4 November. 

The Attitude September/October issue is out now.