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'Begin Again' Director John Carney Criticizes Keira Knightley's Acting: 'I'll Never Make a Film With Supermodels Again'

'Begin Again' Director John Carney Criticizes Keira Knightley's Acting: 'I'll Never Make a Film With Supermodels Again'

Director John Carney has some rather interesting things to say about Keira Knightley.

The duo worked together when the 31-year-old actress starred in his 2013 film Begin Again.

“I didn’t enjoy that experience of paparazzi and fabulous openings. The movie star world is not something that ever appealed to me,” John told The Independent. “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 as much as I tried to make it work I think that she didn’t quite come out as a guitar-playing singer-songwriter,” he continued. “I learned that I’ll never make a film with supermodels again.”

He added, “Keira‘s thing is to hide who you are and I don’t think you can be an actor and do that. 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.”

Meanwhile, Keira has been nominated for two Academy Awards over the years, in addition to her many other accolades.

Pictured below: Keira enjoys a day on the Venetian canals with hubby James Righton on a water taxi on Saturday (May 28) in Venice, Italy.

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Posted to: James Righton, John Carney, Keira Knightley

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  • bbm

    i don’t see the “criticized acting”, but he does says bad things about her. Keira you are great i love seeing you in movies!!

  • girl93

    Agreed. By the way I loved her in the movie

  • Alien Visitor

    She’s not a good actress. And supermodel? If she was a “goddess type” she’d never get work. She looks girl-next-door but has to keep up appearances.

  • MollyBD

    I never knew she was a model. I’ve tried watching a few movies that she’s been in, including Dutchess, and her horrible acting was unbearable. She has this way of pushing her lips out all the time, even when she’s talking. It’s like she’s posing for the camera instead of acting. I suppose she works too hard at acting like she’s acting, instead of getting into the character.

  • JohnnyBoy

    Kiera is a great actress! Her work in the Atonement, Never Let Me Go, and The Imitation Game is sublime. These comments are unecessary and petty.

  • Little Paper Stars

    He must have been fully aware of who he was hiring, her CV, and I’d wager getting her on board went a long way to getting the film green lit, she was already a Oscar Nominated actress. So she’s not Meryl Streep but she’s picked some great and interesting projects. This cuts out the part where he praised Adam Levines work, and then went on to say these things about Keira. And to call her a supermodel is just patronising, she’s been acting since she was a child, any modelling contracts she’s had came post-Pirates, and so many other actors do the same, Oscar winners at that. He’s just trying to get attention for his new film, by slamming an actor three years down the line.Maybe he didn’t get the performance he wanted from Keira because he came across as a bit of a dick to her.

  • Jen

    Is he trying to blame Keira for the shit movie that “Begin again” was? LOL! That should only be blamed on the shit writing and directing that was done on that movie, which John Carney did himself. And also on casting Adam Levine, who is a shit actor!

  • Jess

    I actually liked that movie. It was super cheesy, but it worked. I agree that I couldn’t really buy Keira as a singer-songwriter. And if it was his idea to cast Adam Levine than why doesn’t he get any criticism as well? It was a cute little movie, not some profound work of art so why blame it all on Keira.

  • shenanyginz

    I actually really loved Begin Again so this is sad. I see what he’s saying about her part no being believable but Keira is an amazing actress and it sucks that he reduced her accolades to being a “supermodel” which… she’s not? Atonement was amazing. And the second I saw her in Pirates, I knew she’d have a bright future. And lastly, THREE YEARS LATER?

  • shenanyginz

    “It was a cute little movie, not some profound work of art so why blame it all on Keira” VERY well put.

  • Clovis

    Andy Dick’s in the news again?

  • mafragias

    i liked the movie but to discredit an actress like that , it isn’t cool…

  • Casey C

    “And as much as I tried to make it work I think that she didn’t quite come out as a guitar-playing singer-songwriter,” Says the man who hired her to be just that.

    “I don’t want to rubbish Kiera” says the man doing just that.

    “so it’s very hard to get any real work done” says the man literally in charge of the damn set and who should have just gotten rid of the ‘entourage’ if that was an issue or spoken to her to get on with it. HIs failure to control his own set isn’t her issue.

    This just reads like a desperate man looking to pin the failure of his movie on someone. It was cliche, it was cheesy, and it was like so many other movies out there despite how desperately he’s groping at proving how he’s a ‘real’ artist and only likes to work with ‘proper’ artists. I don’t particularly care for KK’s acting, she feels very samey and pouty to me and seems kinda limited in her range but coming back three years later to trash her is just rude.

  • Alyssa Marie

    I feel like this is pretty unprofessional of him. This movie isn’t new so why even bring up it. Just because his film didn’t succeed as well as he would have wanted? It was a cute movie but he should have hired differently is all. She’s an incredible actress so he really had no idea what hes talking about! It was very different then her other films.

  • laura

    She’s not a model…

  • laura

    I don’t think she’s amazing but how horrible for him to say these things.. Also, so sexist: why do these things never come out about male actors?

  • fromanotherplanet

    Whether you like Keira or not, she has an extensive resume that includes multiple Oscar, Golden Globe, SAG, Olivier and BAFTA nominations. Calling her a “supermodel” because she, like most of her male actor counterparts, earns extra cash by gracing magazine covers is incredibly sexist and patronizing. What an arrogant prick. Ugh! I am so mad right now.

  • Nicola

    This coming from the man who called Levine a “fantastic actor”.

  • leila

    lol so he isn’t opposed to lying then

  • Utope

    He’s absolutely disgusting for making these comments. She was one of the best things about Begin Again. I loved both her acting and singing in it. If he has a problem with it, why air it out two years after the movie came out? This is completely unprofessional behavior!

  • AxoAxo

    What a moron. She was by far the best part of that film along with Mark Ruffalo. I hope she doesn’t comment anything on this and keeps it classy, as per usual for her. Don’t give him a thought Keira!!!

  • Ariana-Kaelita

    What does he mean she is not ready for it? She has been in the industry for over since 1999. She has 2 Academy Award nominations. I think this director just disliked her. And doesn’t every big actor have an entourage with them? Maybe HE is not ready for what it means to be in the movie industry! Who is he again?

  • fromanotherplanet

    The irony is Keira does not even have an entourage. If you look at paparazzi pics during the filming of that movie, her “entourage” consisted only of her husband and her mother. That was it. Truly sad that he is going after her like this in such a patronizing way.

  • Ariana-Kaelita

    That is what I initially thought too. I have never seen her with people around like big movie stars like Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie all do.
    I think this director is looking for someone to blame for his failures. That is all.
    Its insulting to call her a “supermodel’ yet he hired Adam Levine to act in the film.Was his acting even good? I doubt it.

  • VanityInsecurity

    this guy needs a reality check…he acts like his movie was some deep meaningful awe-inspiring Oscar worthy.. it wasn’t ..you are even lucky that you had Keira & Mark doing your cheesy movie..

  • Derek117

    Gee, he’s a real Class Act: trashing Keira like that. I’m sure actors are now rushing to work with him.

  • http://letsgreenit.blogspot.com/ Arwa M.

    She’s not a supermodel, she isn’t even a model. Unless he thinks being a face for certain beauty brand concedered as a modeling career.

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  • Athena Politou

    I completely agree!