(LOS ANGELES) — After criticizing Keira Knightley’s acting skills, her Begin Again director John Carney has publicly apologized for dissing the actress.
“From a director who feels like a complete idiot,” Carney tweeted on Wednesday, along with a screenshot of the lengthy apology.
“I said a number of things about Keira which were petty, mean and hurtful,” he writes. “I’m ashamed of myself that I could say such things and I’ve been trying to account for what they say about me.”
From a director who feels like a complete idiot. pic.twitter.com/vfO8m4U2Hl
— John Carney (@jayceefactory) June 1, 2016
The Irish director goes on to explain that, “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. It’s arrogant and disrespectful. 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,” he concludes.
In an interview with the Independent published on Sunday, Carney bashed Knightley’s work on the movie, declaring, “I’ll never make a film with supermodels 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,” he noted in the interview.
Since the interview was published, a number of directors, including Mark Romanek, the director of 2010′s Never Let Me Go, and Lorene Scafaria, the writer/director behind Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, the 2012 Steve Carrell dramedy, came to Knightley’s defense.
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