Thursday 27 October 2016

'I'm ashamed of myself that I could say such things' - Irish director John Carney apologises for slamming Keira Knightley

Published 02/06/2016 | 02:30

Director John Carney has issued an apology for publicly criticising Keira Knightley’s acting in his film 'Begin Again'.

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In a tweet, posted this evening, Carney described his own comments as “petty, mean and hurtful.”

He wrote: “Recently, in a phone interview, the conversation turned to a discussion about a past film, ‘Begin Again,’ starring Kiera (sic) Knightley, I said a number of things about Keira which were petty, mean and hurtful."
He continued: "I’m ashamed of myself that I could say such things and I’ve been trying to account for what they say about me. In trying to pick holes in my own work, I ended up blaming someone else.

"That’s not only bad directing, that’s shoddy behaviour, that I am not in any way proud of. It’s arrogant and disrespectful. Keira was nothing but professional and dedicated during that film and she contributed hugely to its success.

"I wrote to Keira personally to apologise, but I wanted to publicly, and unreservedly apologise to her fans and friends and anyone else who I have offended. It’s not something that I could ever justify, and will never repeat.”

Last week Carney said he struggled to work with Knightley explaining that she had an entourage with her "that follow her everywhere".

Director John Carney
Director John Carney

"It's very hard to get any real work done.

"So I was very ready to come back to Ireland and make films that nobody cared about who was in it or any of that crap."

With music playing an important role in the flick, the 43-year-old also hit out at Knightley's singing abilities.

"The real problem was that Keira wasn't a singer and wasn't a guitar player and it's very hard to make music seem real if it's not with musicians," he said.

"I think the audience struggled a little bit with that in Begin Again. As much as I tried to make it work I think that she didn't quite come out as a guitar-playing singer-songwriter."

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