After dismissing Keira Knightley as a supermodel with a giant entourage and telling The Independent that “acting requires a certain level of honesty and self-analysis that I don’t think she’s ready for yet,” Begin Again director John Carney has offered the rare decent apology, saying, “I’m ashamed of myself that I could say such things and I’ve been trying to account for what they say about me.”

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He adds, “In trying to to pick holes in my work, I ended up blaming someone else. That’s not only bad directing, that’s shoddy behavior.”

After Carney’s initial Independent interview, several of Knightley’s former co-stars, producers, and directors came forward to defend her behavior and her work.

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“My experience with Keira Knightley was utterly spectacular on every level,” commented Never Let Me Go director, Mark Romanek. “I have no clue what this guy is talking about.”

Carney now concurs with Romanek’s assessment, writing, ““Keira was nothing but professional during [Begin Again] and she contributed hugely to its success. I wrote to Keira personally to apologize, but I wanted to publicly...It’s not something that I could ever justify, and will never repeat.”

Now that that’s settled, let’s refocus on the important things—like how Begin Again cast CeeLo Green as a rapper/friend of Mark Ruffalo named “Troublegum.”


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