Keira Knightley’s Hollywood supporters are speaking out.
After “Begin Again” director John Carney criticized her in a recent interview, other filmmakers who have worked with the star chimed in to refute his comments.
Carney told Britain’s Independent in an article published online on May 28 that his experience with Keira on the 2013 film, in which she starred alongside Mark Ruffalo and Adam Levine as an aspiring singer-songwriter, wasn’t exactly his cup of tea.
“Keira has an entourage that follow her everywhere so it’s very hard to get any real work done. … I’ll never make a film with supermodels again,” he said.
Carney went on to explain that while he doesn’t necessarily “hate” the “Hollywood thing,” he’d rather direct performers who aren’t in the limelight.
“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.”
Following Carney’s candid remarks, Mark Romanek, Lynn Shelton and Lorene Scafaria all chimed in to praise Keira’s on-set professionalism.
“My experience with #keiraknightley was utterly spectacular on every level,” Romanek, who directed Keira in 2010’s “Never Let Me Go,” tweeted