Whoa! This is terrible! Keira Knightley might play enchanting characters in movies, but according to ‘Begin Again’ director John Carney, it wasn’t that great working with the actress! Here’s what he had to say about the British star.
Yikes! It’s been over three years since director John Carney, 43, and Keira Knightley, 31, worked together on the 2013 film Begin Again, but apparently the experience still haunts him. He said she doesn’t have a “certain level of honesty” in her acting, and even confessed he would “never make a film” with her again!
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It seems that the Irish director was not a fan of filmmaking in Hollywood at all. “I didn’t enjoy that experience of paparazzi and fabulous openings. The movie star world is not something that ever appealed to me,” he told The Independent of working on Begin Again in the U.S. “I like working with actors and I wanted to come back to what I knew and enjoy film-making again – not that I didn’t enjoy Begin Again, but Keira has an entourage that follow her everywhere so it’s very hard to get any real work done.”
And he didn’t stop there! John went on to talk specifically about how the Pirates of Caribbean actress struggles with being authentic. Ouch! “Keira’s thing is to hide who you are and I don’t think you can be an actor and do that,” he continued. “I like to work with curious, proper film actors as opposed to movie stars. I don’t want to rubbish Keira, but you know it’s hard being a film actor and it requires a certain level of honesty and self-analysis that I don’t think she’s ready for yet and I certainly don’t think she was ready for on that film.”
John concluded talking about his experience with the film by saying that if he had the chance, he wouldn’t do it again — ever! “I learned that I’ll never make a film with supermodels again,” he said.
Meanwhile, the director did send his praises to the 2013 film’s male leads, Mark Ruffalo, 48, and Adam Levine, 37, saying they were an overall “joy to work with.” It’s pretty awful to praise Mark and Adam, while bashing Keira. Mark has been nominated for three Academy Awards, but Keira’s also been nominated for two, for her roles in The Imitation Game and Pride & Prejudice.
HollywoodLifers, what do you think about John Carney’s comments? Were his comments on Keira too harsh?