Directors Defend Keira Knightley After John Carney Criticism

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Mark Romanek, Lynn Shelton and Lorene Scafaria, who all have worked with Knightley, took to social media to praise the English actress.

Keira Knightley is "magnificent," "just lovely" and "utterly spectacular" to work with, so say a number of directors who took to social media to defend the English actress after pointed criticism from helmer John Carney.

Carney, the director of 2013's Begin Again, which starred Knightley as a singer-songwriter, caused a stir after he said in a recent interview with the Independent that making the film was "hard" due to issues with his lead actress.

“Keira has an entourage that follow her everywhere so it’s very hard to get any real work done,” said Carney.

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."

Mark Romanek, who directed Knightley in 2010's Never Let Me Go, was staunch in his defense of the Oscar-nominated actress and strident in his criticism of Carney. Romanek described Knightley as "utterly spectacular on every level" and dismissed Carney with the hashtag "#arrongantshithead." In a follow-up tweet, Romanek said that the only entourage Knightley had on his set was her mother.

Laggies (2014) director Lynn Shelton described Knightley as "magnificent, top to bottom" and 2012's Seeking a Friend for the End of the World helmer Lorene Scafaria added that she was "really good at her job" and "just lovely."