Call it method acting. Call it an innocent crush. Call it straight guys playing gay chicken. Any way you cut it, Jacob Elordi and Barry Keoghan clearly have chemistry.
The two actors were at the premiere of their new film Saltburn, where Keoghan plays a college student drawn in by his charismatic classmate, played by Elordi. Life seemed to imitate art as the two posed together on the red carpet, where an intense stare led the pair to lean in for a kiss.
Though they didn’t lock lips, no one can deny the very real connection the two seem to have. Keoghan, in particular, looked as though he would’ve followed through with the kiss, leaving fans screaming at Elordi for pulling away.
Be men and just KISS… cowards— duxaluxa🇵🇸 (@duxaluxa3005) November 15, 2023
that pull away when barry went in…he's not really about it— has a huge north pole (@sicksadchris) November 15, 2023
He was about to risk it ALL for this kiss😭 pic.twitter.com/hZ1Uh7uXc0— Apollo13🛰️ (@apollospov) November 15, 2023
Why did they stop!? pic.twitter.com/4yJ3ExAbqc— 🟣XΞPHIROX🟢 (@XephiroX_) November 15, 2023
The two also have a height difference usually only found in rom-coms. At 6 feet and 5 inches tall, Elordi towers over Keoghan, who stands 5-foot-8. Who could blame him for falling for Elordi on set?
Everyperson i seen this man stand next to look 2 inches tall— Fartbutt (@Fartbutt738344) November 15, 2023
Why is Barry staring at him like that lol I would look at him that way too 🥵 pic.twitter.com/3iZ4JZV1jZ— S I M P L Y _ M Y S E L F 💞 (@sexy_x_00) November 15, 2023
And though the two wouldn’t kiss in front of photographers, their near-kiss has fans speculating about what the pair get up to behind the scenes.
Them behind closed doors pic.twitter.com/U7M3Bm8ult— Queen Sleeze(𝓢𝓽𝓪𝓷)🦄💕 (@_TanyaMaraj) November 15, 2023
Ohh they gay for each other pic.twitter.com/qAi4SCzwyb— kitty hi (@kittyhiminajjj) November 15, 2023
Apparently, Saltburn strikes a similar tone to this red carpet moment, with Elordi and Keoghan’s characters having some serious sexual tension — though if the film delivers on the gay relationship it’s teasing has yet to be seen.
i miss good old fashioned queerbaiting anyway so ill be watching— 🔪i will kiss every villain on the lips🔪 (@weeables) November 15, 2023
Alongside Elordi and Keoghan, the movie stars Rosamund Pike and Carey Mulligan. Even beyond its hunky leading men, Saltburn is shaping up to be a queer camp classic for the ages.
Saltburn hits theaters this Friday, November 17.
In a recent interview with GQ, Jacob Elordi opened up about the homophobic bullying he experienced at school and how he faced it down.