John Carney Apologizes for ‘Petty, Mean and Hurtful’ Comments About Keira Knightley

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John Carney would like to right a wrong. Over the weekend, the director got a little too candid in an interview and criticized Keira Knightley, who starred in his 2014 film Begin Again. There, he said that acting “requires a certain level of honesty and self-analysis that I don’t think she’s ready for yet,” complained about Knightley’s “entourage,” and noted that “I’ll never make a film with supermodels again” (though she has appeared in ad campaigns, Knightley began her career as an actress and has two Oscar nominations). Today, on his Twitter account, which Vulture has confirmed to be the director’s, Carney apologized for his comments. “I said a number of things about Keira which were petty, mean and hurtful,” Carney wrote. “I’m ashamed of myself that I could say such things and I’ve been trying to account for what they said about me.” He added that “Keira was nothing but professional and dedicated during that film and she contributed hugely to its success,” and said he has written to her to apologize. Perhaps later they can meet on a Wednesday in a cafe, and, well …

John Carney Apologizes for Knightley Comments