'Begin Again' Director John Carney Criticizes Keira Knightley's Acting: 'I'll Never Make a Film With Supermodels Again'
The duo worked together when the 31-year-old actress starred in his 2013 film Begin Again.
“I didn’t enjoy that experience of paparazzi and fabulous openings. The movie star world is not something that ever appealed to me,” John told The Independent. “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 as much as I tried to make it work I think that she didn’t quite come out as a guitar-playing singer-songwriter,” he continued. “I learned that I’ll never make a film with supermodels again.”
He added, “Keira‘s thing is to hide who you are and I don’t think you can be an actor and do that. 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.”
Meanwhile, Keira has been nominated for two Academy Awards over the years, in addition to her many other accolades.
Pictured below: Keira enjoys a day on the Venetian canals with hubby James Righton on a water taxi on Saturday (May 28) in Venice, Italy.