John Carney Apologizes for Keira Knightley Criticism, Calling His Earlier Remarks ‘Arrogant and Disrespectful’

"It's not something that I could ever justify, and will never repeat," the filmmaker wrote on Twitter.

Keira Knightley

“Begin Again”

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After earning the ire of pretty much everyone who read his harsh critique of actress and “Begin Again” collaborator Keira Knightley, writer/director John Carney has unequivocally apologized for his earlier comments. Carney, whose most recent film “Sing Street” is currently in theaters, took to Twitter with a post beginning “From a director who feels like a complete idiot.” Read his full comments below.

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“Recently, in a phone interview, the conversation turned to a discussion about a past film Begin Again, starring Kiera [sic] Knightley. I said a number of things about Keira which were petty, mean and hurtful. 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 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.”

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That’s certainly more contrite than many public apologies, and a far cry from earlier remarks like “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.” Knightley has yet to comment publicly on the matter.

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Surely he can have an opinion on the quality of someones work on his film without major backlash? If my boss was to see me under perform and vocalize his opinion is that not acceptable. Also the fact that someone performs well in a different setting is not proof that they cannot fail in another. His real mistake was referring to models as a group that he will not work with because of this experience as it generalizes the criticism.

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