This is how you apologize to Keira Knightley—or anyone, for that matter

5 giugno, 2014 nessun commento


Cattiness may be a staple of celebrity gossip, but there was something highly disturbing about reading the recent interview director John Carney gave The Independent about working with Keira Knightley on the 2014 film “Begin Again.” In order to promote his latest film, Sing Street, Carney went out of his way to belittle Knightley’s talent and professionalism, repeatedly driving home his point in a way that, having enjoyed “Begin Again,” I found shocking.

Some of his choicest quotes: “I like working with actors and I wanted to come back to what I knew and enjoy film-making again – not that I didn’t enjoy Begin Again but Keira has an entourage that follow her everywhere so it’s very hard to get any real work done…” and “I learned that I’ll never make a film with supermodels again.“ By contrast, Carney praised Knightley’s Begin Again co-stars, calling Mark Ruffalo “a fantastic actor” and Adam Levine “a joy to work with.”

Now, he’s come forth to publicly apologize, and in doing so, perhaps serve as a model of what a genuine apology can look like, whether you’re in Hollywood or not. Here’s what Carney posted on Twitter yesterday, calling himself a “complete idiot” and his previous comments “arrogant and disrespectful”

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John Carney ✔ @jayceefactory
From a director who feels like a complete idiot.
3:49 AM – 2 Jun 2016
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Carney has clearly thought about both his message and the medium with which he’s delivering it. His statement reads, in part, “I said a number of things about Keira that were petty, mean and hurtful. 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 own work, I ended up blaming someone else. That’s not only bad directing, that’s shoddy behaviour, that I am not in any way proud of.”

We’ve heard countless weak, insincere public apologies before, the kind where it seems like a publicist or manager is insisting a star do damage control, the rote words rarely taking responsibility for the person’s missteps, such as Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s much-maligned dog smuggling video apology. The truth is, people can tell when an apology is being issued because one has to, but doesn’t really believe they’ve done anything wrong, and when it’s being done out of genuine remorse.

Sure, the cynic could say Carney is simply trying to save face after realizing whatever misguided publicity stunt he was trying to pull in playing a game of Hollywood vs. indie filmmaking had backfired, especially after three directors, Mark Romanek, Lorene Scafaria, and Lynn Shelton came to Knightley’s defense, provided a stark contrast to Carney’s version of Knightley’s work ethic

At IndieWire, Kate Erbland deftly contrasts Carney’s apology with director Michael Bay’s non-apology over comments about Kate Beckinsale’s looks when promoting “Pearl Harbor.” On “The Graham Norton Show,” Beckinsale said Bay had made statements in the press claiming, “Kate wasn’t so attractive that she would alienate the female audience.” Lovely. Instead of addressing her claim, he immediately got defensive, blaming their supposed issues on the press and writing on his website, “So I guess I was the ‘bad guy’ 16 years ago for suggesting a trainer because she just had her new beautiful baby girl – and she was about to enter into an intensive action movie. Note to reporters: 95% of leads in movies have trainers and drink green juice!”

In order to actually make a public apology that’s believable, you have to understand what you’re accused of doing wrong. Bay seems to have utterly missed that, so righteous in his indignation that he doesn’t even grapple with the issue Beckinsale was raising. Instead, he argues that because Beckinsale has been to parties at his house subsequently, she can’t have a genuine complaint about his comments