Some celebrity moments are just so glamorous, so unexpected, and also just plain weird that they become immortal — Bjork’s swan dress, Jennifer Lawrence falling at the Oscars, Lady Gaga’s meat dress, John Travolta’s whole deal. Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain’s arm-kissing PDA is another such moment — one Isaac is still struggling to explain.
When Isaac decided to nuzzle Chastain’s arm on the red carpet at the Venice International Film Festival in 2021, he immediately ignited a world of thirst — and questions. The intimate moment felt both deeply personal and also a bit strange. Was he kissing her bicep or sniffing her armpit? Were they still in character from Scenes From a Marriage or doing Addams family cosplay? Or are they just really, really cuddly friends? Initially, Isaac denied any involvement, telling IndieWire, “That wasn’t me. I don’t know who that was, but we’re on to it.” But asked about the moment more recently, he had a more confusing explanation: Apparently, he’s a flatworm?
“You can cut them into like a hundred pieces and they will grow a whole new worm out of the little piece,” Isaac said during an appearance on the Jess Cagle Show. According to the actor, scientists have theorized that flatworms communicate on a cellular level. “The cells kind of talk to each other through electricity and kind of decide, ‘Okay, you’re going to make the head.’ ‘All right, I’m going to make the tail,’” he explained, adding that the flatworm cells speak to each other through an “electro kind of magnetic situation” and “that’s how Jessica and I kind of talk to each other. We’re just like little flatworms.”
So, there you have it. Chastain and Isaac’s super-sexy PDA on the red carpet is just how the co-stars communicate. PDA is their “electro kind of magnetic situation,” or something, I don’t really get it. “Maybe we should use more actual human language to talk instead of sniffing an armpit and doing things like that,” he continued. “That’s kind of what starts to happen, and no matter how much we annoy each other, no matter what happens, it’s like, when you get us together, it’s like, it’s just other stuff that’s going on that is making us grow two heads.”
If I’m getting this right, what he’s saying is that if Jessica Chastain is a flatworm, Oscar Isaac is a flatworm. And we all got to witness them growing two heads on the red carpet. A perfectly normal explanation for horny behavior, I think you’ll agree.