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Keira Knightley Defended From John Carney’s Comments By Zach Braff, Melanie Lynskey & Other Industry Friends

Keira Knightley

“Begin Again”

The Weinstein Company

Director John Carney recently released the coming-of-age musical “Sing Street” that was a critical hit out of Sundance earlier this year, but it seems like he’s still bogged down in the past. Though his previous film “Begin Again,” about a burgeoning singer-songwriter (Keira Knightley) discovered by a struggling record label executive (Mark Ruffalo), was a commercial hit and a moderate critical success, Carney had some harsh words for Keira Knightley, saying that he’ll “never work with supermodels again” and that “Keira’s thing is to hide who you are and I don’t think you can be an actor and do that.” He also mentioned it was hard to get any “real work done” because Knightley “had an entourage that follow her everywhere.”

READ MORE: Keira Knightley on Faking Her Way Through ‘The Imitation Game’ and Getting Loose for ‘Laggies’

Carney’s comments have received quite a bit of backlash on social media, but now filmmakers and actors are joining in to defend the actress. Director Lynn Shelton said that “working with [Knightley]” on her 2014 film “Laggies” was “magnificent top to bottom.” Filmmaker Mark Romanek, who directed Knightley in “Never Let Me Go,” called Carney an “arrogant shithead” and also said that her “entourage” consisted of her mother who visited the set “one day for an hour or two.” Meanwhile, other actors have weighed in as well. Melanie Lynskey of the recently cancelled HBO series “Togetherness” said that though she had never worked with Carney or Knightley, “it’s very difficult to bare your soul if you don’t trust/feel safe w [sic] your director.” Actor Zach Braff echoed Mark Romanek’s comments and said that Carney’s actions were “a really shitty thing to do.”

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Keira Knightley has been nominated for two Academy Awards for her performances in 2006’s “Pride and Prejudice” and 2014’s “The Imitation Game.”

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