John Carney on Keira Knightley Criticism: "I'm Ashamed of Myself"

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The Irish director had said of working with the actress on 'Begin Again': "I learned that I’ll never make a film with supermodels again."

John Carney, who publicly criticized actress Keira Knightley, the star of his 2014 film Begin Again, has now called his comments "petty, mean and hurtful."

The director has issued an apology on Twitter accompanied by a screenshot of a typed statement reading, "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 work, I ended up blaming someone else."

He continued: "Keira was nothing but professional and dedicated during that film and she contributed hugely to its success."

Carney said that he wrote to the actress, offering a personal apology, but he wanted to issue a public mea culpa as well. He concludes his apology writing, "It's not something I could ever justify, and will never repeat."

The Irish helmer is referring to comments made during an interview with the U.K.'s Independent, in which he spoke about working with Knightley on the musical romance Begin Again. 

Carney had criticized the actress, saying, “Keira has an entourage that follow her everywhere so it’s very hard to get any real work done.” He added: “And as much as I tried to make it work, I think that she didn’t quite come out as a guitar-playing singer-songwriter. I learned that I’ll never make a film with supermodels again."

Following the comments, many filmmakers came to Knightley's defense

Mark Romanek, who directed Knightley in Never Let Me Go, described her as "utterly spectacular on every level," while Laggies director Lynn Shelton said the English actress is "magnificent, top to bottom." 

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