Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley in Begin Again.

Begin Again director John Carney has offered up a wide-ranging mea culpa to star Keira Knightley, just a few days after he talked some pretty extensive and far-flung shit about her while promoting his latest film. Carney—who broke into the mainstream with 2007’s Oscar-winning Oncetold the Independent that he’ll “never make a film with supermodels again,” and that he thought many of the movie’s problems stemmed from Knightley’s unbelievability as a singer-songwriter. It didn’t help that he lavished praise on the movie’s other stars, even as he decried Hollywood glamour and Knightley’s “entourage.”

“Mark Ruffalo is a fantastic actor and Adam Levine is a joy to work with and actually quite unpretentious and not a bit scared of exposing himself on camera and exploring who he is as an individual. I think that that’s what you need as an actor; you need to not be afraid to find out who you really are when the camera’s rolling. Keira’s thing is to hide who you are and I don’t think you can be an actor and do that.”

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All told, it’s a pretty damning assessment of the actress, one that many of her other directors—including LaggiesLynn Shelton and Never Let Me Gos Mark Romanek were quick to discount.

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But as the old adage (probably) goes, those who talk shit are doomed to one day eat it, and so Carney—who’s currently promoting the recent Sing Street, which features a cast of mostly unknowns and was shot back in his native Ireland—has offered an aggressive apology to his former star.

[via The Hollywood Reporter]

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