‘Begin Again’ Director Apologizes for Dissing Keira Knightley

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“From a director who feels like a complete idiot.”

John Carney, who helmed the musical dramedy gem Begin Again, wants to apologize to the film’s star, Keira Knightley, for questioning her acting ability and calling her unprofessional in a recent interview.

In his interview with The Independent, Carney said, “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. I learned that I’ll never make a film with supermodels again.”

Twitter blew up and many people who had worked with Knightley came to her defense. For example, Mark Romanek, who directed Knightley in 2010’s Never Let Me Go, tweeted that Carney was an “#arrogants—head” and that working with the actress was “utterly spectacular on every level.”

Now, in a statement posted on Twitter on Wednesday, Carney is making amends for saying those “petty, mean and hurtful” things. He wrote, “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 work, I ended up blaming someone else. Keira was nothing but professional and dedicated during that film and she contributed hugely to its success.”

Carney also wrote that he privately apologized to Knightley. He then captioned the post “From a director who feels like a complete idiot.”

Carney, who also directed the Oscar-winning Once, recently helmed the critically acclaimed film Sing Street.