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.
“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.”
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.