Filmmakers defend Keira Knightley from 'Begin Again' director's criticism

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'Begin Again' Director Slams Keira Knightley

Keira Knightley's acting chops have been defended by two directors in wake of "Begin Again" writer-director John Carneytrashing her performance in the 2014 Weinstein Company release.

"My experience with #keiraknightley was utterly spectacular on every level. I have no clue what this guy is talking about. #arrogants–thead," director Mark Romanek ("Never Let Me Go") tweeted Monday.

Lorene Scafaria ("Seeking a Friend for the End of the World") also offered praise. "I agree with Mark. Keira was a joy to work w/. Present & easy & really, really good at her job. Just lovely," she tweeted.

Carney didn't mince words when he recalled working with Knightley in a recent interview.

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Keira Knightley, left, and James Righton arrive at the 20th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at the Hollywood Palladium on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
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James Righton, left, and Keira Knightley arrive at the BAFTA 2015 awards season tea party at The Four Seasons Hotel on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Keira Knightley arrives at the AFI Awards at The Four Seasons Hotel on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Actress Keira Knightley attends the premiere of "The Imitation Game" at Ziegfeld Theatre on Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07: Keira Knightley (L) and James Righton attend an after party celebrating The Moet British Independent Film Awards 2014 at Old Billingsgate Market on December 7, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for The Moet British Independent Film Awards)
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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 19: Actress Keira Knightley is seen in Soho on November 19, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 19: Actress Keira Knightley is seen in Soho on November 19, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK NY - NOVEMBER 18: Keira Knightley sighting on November 18, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 18: Actress Keira Knightley poses for a picture at BAFTA New York Presents: In Conversation With Kiera Knightley at The Standard Highline on November 18, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 18: Actress Keira Knightley is seen in Soho on November 18, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Actress Keira Knightley poses in the press room at the 18th annual Hollywood Film Awards at Hollywood Palladium on November 14, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Actress Keira Knightley poses in the press room at the 18th annual Hollywood Film Awards at Hollywood Palladium on November 14, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Actress Keira Knightley (L) and producer Harvey Weinstein attend the 18th Annual Hollywood Film Awards at The Palladium on November 14, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for DCP)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Actors Benedict Cumberbatch (L) and Keira Knightley attend the 18th Annual Hollywood Film Awards at The Palladium on November 14, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for DCP)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 10: Actress Keira Knightley arrives at the Los Angeles Special Screening of 'The Imitation Game' Hosted By Chanel at DGA Theater on November 10, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 08: Actress Keira Knightley arrives at the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences' Governors Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on November 8, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - NOVEMBER 07: Liam Mayclem, Keira Knightley and Graham Moore attends a Special Screening of THE IMITATION GAME In San Francisco on November 7, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Trisha Leeper/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 28: Keira Knightley at BBC Radio 2 on October 28, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Neil P. Mockford/GC Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 29: Keira Knightley attending Mario Testinos Birthday party at the Chiltern Firehouse on October 29, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Robert Milan/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 08: Keira Knightley attends a screening of 'The Imitation Game' on the opening night gala of the 58th BFI London Film Festival at Odeon Leicester Square on October 8, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 08: Keira Knightley attends a screening of 'The Imitation Game' on the opening night gala of the 58th BFI London Film Festival at Odeon Leicester Square on October 8, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 08: Actress Keira Knightley attends the photocall for 'The Imitation Game' during the 58th BFI London Film Festival at Corinthia Hotel London on October 8, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images For BFI)
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"I'll never make a film with supermodels again," the Irish filmmaker said, in reference to the many distractions the 31-year-old actress — a frequent fashion magazine cover model who also appears in ads for Chanel — brought to the film set.

He went on to criticize the two-time Oscar nominee's acting ability. "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," Carney said.

Carney saved the praise for his male "Begin Again" stars. He called Mark Ruffalo "fantastic," and said Adam Levine was "a joy to work with."

But he also took more jabs at Knightley: "Keira's thing is to hide who you are and I don't think you can be an actor and do that... It's not like I hate the Hollywood thing but I like to work with curious, proper film actors as opposed to movie stars."

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