The above quote essentially summarizes award-winning filmmaker and musician John Carney’s feelings towards Keira Knightley, as he delivers rather brutal feedback of the actress in a candid interview with British newspaper, The Independent.
During Dublin-based Carney’s last film, , the director — whose 2007 hit Once catapulted him to critical acclaim — soon discovered that working with international actresses-cum-supermodels is not his bag at all. In fact, the interview gives the impression he pretty much hated it.
Let’s break his hits at down into rounds, shall we?
He begins by comparing Knightley to her co-stars, Mark Ruffalo and Adam Levine, “unpretentious” attitudes:
“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. 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.”
Then insinuates that she’s rather vacuous and insincere:
“So it’s not like I hate the Hollywood thing, but 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.”
Tbh, he couldn’t wait to get away from her:
“I didn’t enjoy that experience of paparazzi and fabulous openings. The movie star world is not something that ever appealed to me. 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 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.”
He thinks was pretty shit.
“I think 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. And I think the audience struggled a little bit with that in ‘Begin Again.’ 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. So I really wanted to work with musicians and actors that could play their instruments properly and sing and stuff like that.”
And when asked about his latest project Sing Street, he responded:
“Well, it’s fantastic. I’m very surprised; it’s a small personal movie with no Keira Knightleys in it. It’s really rewarding.”
DING, DING, DING!
Although I can appreciate his distaste for Hollywood’s blinding lights and sunset strips, his attack on Knightley is a little distasteful to say the least, don’t you think?
Do you think John Carney should Begin that interview Again?