Keira Knightley appeared alongside Mark Ruffalo in the 2013 film “Begin Again”;, which had the critics divided as some gave the movie rave reviews while others panned it.
One of the film’s harshest critics, however, is its director, John Carney, who speaks out in a recent interview with The Independent to reveal making that particular film is not a process he wants to repeat, and implying that Knightley’s acting could use some work.
Asked what he learned about the experience of making “Begin Again”;, Carney remarked: “I learned that I’ll never make a film with supermodels again.”;
As he explained, not only did he feel Knightley — who isn’t a musician — didn’t pull off her role as a guitar-playing singer-songwriter, he admits he’d rather work with actors than movie stars.
“The movie star world is not something that ever appealed to me,”; said Carney. “I like working with actors and I wanted to come back to what I knew and enjoy filmmaking 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.”;
After praising the work of Knightley’s co-stars Mark Ruffalo and Adam Levine, Carney added: “Keira’s thing is to hide who you are and I don’t think you can be an actor and do that.”;
Following furor over his remarks — and two of Knightley’s other directors stepping up to support her — Carney did some serious backtracking in a Twitter post, from “a director who feels like a complete idiot.”;
“I said a number of things about Keira which were petty, mean and hurtful,”; the director writes, noting that he wrote to Knightley to offer a personal apology. “I’m ashamed of myself that I could say such things… Keira was nothing but professional and dedicated.”;
From a director who feels like a complete idiot. pic.twitter.com/vfO8m4U2Hl
— John Carney (@jayceefactory) June 1, 2016