John Carney criticises Keira Knightley’s acting skills

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Los Angeles, May 30 (IANS) Director John Carney has criticised actress Keira Knightley’s work in 2013 film “Begin Again”. He says he wouldn’t like to work with her again.

“I’ll never make a film with supermodels again,” Carney told Independent newspaper, reports

Knightley played a songwriter dumped by her musician boyfriend, played by Adam Levine, in “Begin Again”. She then embarks on a new path in making music with Mark Ruffalo’s character.

Carney had much more favourable memories of working with Levine and Ruffalo than with Knightley.

“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,” Carney said.

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“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,” he added.

Carney also claimed that Knightley’s “entourage” made it difficult to “get any real work done”, and stated a difference between working with “proper film actors” and “movie stars”.

“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,” he said.

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