Sing Street director has criticised Keira Knightley, saying that he wouldn’t like to work with her again.
While promoting his latest film, he told the Independent, “I’ll never make a film with supermodels again” after having worked with her on Begin Again. Knightley made a name for herself in movies, but has also appeared in ad campaigns and on the cover of major fashion magazines.
In Begin Again, Knightley played a songwriter dumped by her musician boyfriend, played by Adam Levine. Carney praised Levine and Mark Ruffalo, but had less fond memories of working with Knightley.
“Mark Ruffalo is a fantastic actor and Adam Levine is a joy to work with and actually quite unpretentious and not a bit scared of exposing himself on camera and exploring who he is as an individual,” he said. “I think that that’s what you need as an actor; you need to not be afraid to find out who you really are when the camera’s rolling. Keira’s thing is to hide who you are and I don’t think you can be an actor and do that.”
Carney also said that Knightley’s entourage made it difficult to “get any real work done,” and stated a difference between working with “proper film actors” and “movie stars.”
“It’s not like I hate the Hollywood thing, but I like to work with curious, proper film actors as opposed to movie stars,” he explained. “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.”