Movie Directors, Acting Peers Come to the Defense of Keira Knightley Amid Comments by Director Carney

By Chika Dunu, Epoch Times
June 1, 2016 Updated: June 1, 2016

Actress Keira Knightley might not have a fan in director John Carney, but she does have fans in her acting peers.

In an interview with Britain’s Independent, film director John Carney revealed what he learned while shooting “Begin Again,” which starred Knightley, Mark Ruffalo and Adam Levine.

“I learned that I’ll never make a film with supermodels again. … it’s not like I hate the Hollywood thing but I like to work with curious, proper film actors as opposed to movie stars,” he said. “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.”

He added, “I think that that’s what you need as an actor; you need to not be afraid to find out who you really are when the camera’s rolling. Keira’s thing is to hide who you are and I don’t think you can be an actor and do that.” 

The 30-year-old actress has received nominations from the Academy and Screen Actors Guild awards for her performance on films, “Pride & Prejudice” and “The Imitation Game.”

Following Carney’s comments, directors Mark Romanek, Lorene Scafaria, and Lynn Shelton took to Twitter to praise Knightley.

“Working with #KeiraKnightley was magnificent, top to bottom. She is the real deal. #Knightleylove,” tweeted Shelton. Shelton directed Knightley in the 2014 romantic comedy “Laggies.”

Directors Romanek and Scafaria echoed similar sentiments.

“My experience with #keiraknightley was utterly spectacular on every level. I have no clue what this guy is talking about.#arrognant[expletive]head,” Romanek tweeted.

But it wasn’t just directors coming to the defense of Keira Knightley, her movie peers also did so as well.

Actor Zach Braff tweeted, “I thought that was a really [expletive] thing to do. Now I know one of my favorite filmmakers agrees.#FreeKiera.”