Keira Knightley’s acting chops have been defended by two directors in wake of “Begin Again” writer-director John Carney trashing her performance in the 2014 Weinstein Company release.
Lorene Scafaria (“Seeking a Friend for the End of the World”) also offered praise. “I agree with Mark. Keira was a joy to work w/. Present & easy & really, really good at her job. Just lovely,” she tweeted.
“I’ll never make a film with supermodels again,” the Irish filmmaker said, in reference to the many distractions the 31-year-old actress — a frequent fashion magazine cover model who also appears in ads for Chanel — brought to the film set.
He went on to criticize the two-time Oscar nominee’s acting ability. “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,” Carney said.
But he also took more jabs at Knightley: “Keira’s thing is to hide who you are and I don’t think you can be an actor and do that… It’s not like I hate the Hollywood thing but I like to work with curious, proper film actors as opposed to movie stars.”
See the supportive tweets below.
— mark romanek (@markromanek) May 30, 2016
— Lorene Scafaria (@LoreneScafaria) May 30, 2016