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Irish director John Carney has apologised for his 'petty' comments about Keira Knightley

The Sing Street director said he’d “never make a film with supermodels again”.

SING STREET DIRECTOR John Carney has apologised to Keira Knightley for rubbishing her performance in one of his films.

Film-Carney-Knightley Source: AP/Press Association Images

During an interview with the UK Independent, Carney had some choice words about Knightley, who starred in his 2013 film Begin Again.

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. I learned that I’ll never make a film with supermodels again.

He went on to claim that Knightley’s “entourage” made it difficult to get work done on set.

There was an almost immediate backlash to the comments – director Mark Romanek, who worked with Knightley on Never Let Me Go, called Carney an “arrogant sh*thead”.

2016 Sundance Film Festival - Sing Street Premiere Source: AP/Press Association Images

Carney posted an apology to Knightley on Twitter last night, signing off as a “director who feels like a complete idiot”.

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…
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.”


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