In the wake of the debacle between Keira Knightley and her ‘Begin Again’ director John Carney, here’s a handy run-down of the times that directors have famously slated their own actors. Image credits: Rex Features
John Carney, who directed Keira Knightley in the 2013 movie ‘Begin Again’, has issued an apology after he slated her in an interview. In a note posted to Twitter, prefixed with ‘From a director who feels like a complete idiot’, he said: “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.
Directors who have worked with Keira Knightley have rallied to her defence, after she was slated by ‘Begin Again’ helmsman John Carney. Carney said he’d never consider casting a 'supermodel’ like Knightley again, criticising her performance and the supposed 'entourage’ that comes with her. “My experience with #keiraknightley was utterly spectacular on every level.
‘Begin Again’ director John Carney has criticised his leading female Keira Knightley for her unprofessional conduct. Ironic, considering the director is now publicly slamming his former star, who claims working with Knightley on the 2014 was difficult. Speaking to The Independent, Carney, who also directed ‘Once’, described the process as positive when it came to working alongside male actors Mark Ruffalo and Maroon 5′s Adam Levine.
In the years since it was released to a fairly lukewarm critical response, Richard Curtis’ ‘Love Actually’ has become something of a Christmas staple. Popping on your well-worn ‘Love Actually’ DVD for its annual viewing has become as important as digging out your Christmas jumper, buying your presents, and putting up the tree. The film’s title is a bit of an in-joke by Richard Curtis.
The issue of gender pay inequality in movies has been all over the news this week thanks to Jennifer Lawrence’s essay on the subject, which saw her say she’s “over trying to find the ‘adorable’ way” to speak out about the issue. She referenced ‘American Hustle’ as a film where, despite being a huge star in her own right, she got paid less than her male colleagues. As you’d expect, this kind of thing is sadly extremely common in Hollywood, as this salary information proves (all figures are approximate and taken from IMDB.com). ‘American Hustle’ Bradley Cooper: 9% of the gross Christian Bale: 9% Jeremy Renner: 9% Jennifer Lawrence: 7% Amy Adams: 7% Figures unearthed by the Sony hack revealed that Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence had deals entitling them to 7 per cent of the film’s gross, rather than the 9 per cent received by their male co-stars.