The mythos of the difficult Hollywood actor or actress has permeated into our very being. Mostly because for most of us, we’ll never big famous movie stars and the very concept of being waited on to act while making everyone else’s life a living hell seems alien to us. Much of that image of the difficult movie star has seemingly faded over the last few years where social media has made everyone seem a bit more human and approachable, but according to one director, working with supermodel/actress Keira Knightley almost drove him away from Hollywood for good.
“I learned that I’ll never make a film with supermodels again.”
Those were the strong words that John Carney spoke in a recent interview, says The Hollywood Reporter. Carney, the director of Begin Again, which starred Knightley alongside Mark Ruffalo, apparently had a lot of difficulties working with Knightley. The film is about a musician and recording industry executive who set out to record an album live in different locations around New York City, with Knightley’s character being a singer-songwriter. According to Carney, Knightley wasn’t exactly convincing with a guitar in her hands, which made the film fall short of his expectations. On top of that, getting her to actually work felt like a chore to him.
“Keira has an entourage that follow her everywhere so it’s very hard to get any real work done, and so I was very ready to come back to Ireland and make films that nobody cared about who was in it or any of that crap.”
As for Mark Ruffalo, the director had nothing but good to say about him. Carney’s latest film, Sing Street, was released in April 2016 to nearly-universal praise for the musically-inspired film.
(Via the Hollywood Reporter)