Keira Knightley, your backup has arrived.
Directors Mark Romanek (Never Let Me Go) and Lorene Scafaria (Seeking a Friend for the End of the World) came to the 31-year-old British actress’s defense after she was slighted by John Carney, who helmed Begin Again. Keira played Gretta, a singer-songwriter, in the film.
While speaking with The Independent about his latest film Sing Street, John slammed Keira’s acting abilities.
He said, “Keira’s thing is to hide who you are and I don’t think you can be an actor and do that.”
He described her as “disenchanted” while filming Begin Again, adding, “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.”
When asked to discuss what he learned from making the movie, he said he’ll “never make a film with supermodels again.”
The Oscar-nominated actress has yet to respond to John’s criticisms, but Mark and Lorene quickly took to Twitter to counter his claims.
Check out their Tweets below and let us know what you think of John’s harsh words! ~Matthew Pariselli
— mark romanek (@markromanek) May 30, 2016