Knightley: I Did Pirates Without A Script

by | 31 August 2007

Actress Keira Knightley has said that she played scenes in the Pirates of the Caribbean films without a script.

In an interview appearing in the October issue of Empire Magazine, the star, who was first noticed in Bend It Like Beckham, also speaks about her latest role in Atonement as well as future projects which see her take on more complex characters.

While Knightley said that she enjoyed playing the role of Elizabeth Swann in the action-packed tales of plunder on the high seas, she says she'd rather not repeat her experiences in the Pirates films.

“I find it very difficult to work without a script, which is what that was," she told the magazine.

"I loved doing the stunts. But it’s really difficult working without a script and I don’t feel like I could do that process again."

The 22-year-old added that the lack of script meant that she originally played a scene with martial arts star Chow Yun Fat slightly differently.

"That scene with Chow Yun-Fat where he dies, I didn’t know what the scene was about. I thought he had kidnapped me and that I was completely terrified of him.

"After four set-ups the director was like, 'Why are you playing it like that?' And I was like, 'Well, he’s kidnapped me and I don’t want to be here. I’m terrified.' And he was like, 'What? You haven’t been kidnapped!'"

Knightley, who opened the 64th Venice Film Festival with the premiere of her latest film, also spoke about how rewarding the portrayal of Cecilia Tallis had proved to be.

"She is nothing like I’ve played before — she is brittle and she is difficult…she is like a pressure cooker. It’s like that feeling you get in the summer when there needs to be a thunderstorm. I just responded to her," Knightley said in regard to her latest role.

In the interview, the star also speaks about how she found it difficult to get challenging roles at the start of her career, adding that Atonement director Joe Wright was one of the first people to have faith in her acting ability.

Speaking about Wright, who she also worked with on Pride and Prejudice, Knightley said: "He made me feel alright about myself and it’s amazing what that can do."

Wright adds that he and Keira work very well together and can sometimes "read each other's minds" on set.

"I know when she’s not happy with the take, and she knows when I’m not happy. We kind of read each other’s minds," he explained.

Atonement, which is based on Ian McEwan's novel of a love triangle in the years before the second world war, is being seen as one of the favourites for the prestigious best film award at the Venice Film Festival.



31/08/2007 07:32:36


Contactmusic

Tags: Keira Knightley - Chow Yun-Fat - Pirates Of The Caribbean - The Pirates

Advertisement

More Keira Knightley

A Week In Movies: Guardians Holds Two Premieres, Plus First Glimpses Of Fifty Shades, The Imitation Game And Mad Max: Fury Road

In the wake of especially strong buzz from critics who have seen the film, the cast of assembled for their world premiere in Los...

Andrew Hodges "Alarmed by The Inaccuracies" In 'The Imitation Game'

‘The Imitation Game’ tells the story of Alan Turing - a vital asset for the allied forces during the Second World War in cracking the...

Benedict Cumberbatch Stuns as Alan Turing in 'The Imitation Game' Trailer

It appears Benedict Cumberbatch has thrown his hat in the ring for next year's Oscars, playing Alan Turing in the forthcoming drama The Imitation Game....

The Imitation Game Trailer

Alan Turing is a mathematician whose genius leads him to be enlisted in a major code-breaking scheme during World War II, where he is set...

Advertisement

Apes, Transformers and Dragons: But Where Are The Women in the Summer Blockbusters 2014?

Summer has arrived (if you ignore the weekend rain) and so have some fantastic cinematic blockbusters.There’s exciting viewing for everyone: out-and-out action, talking apes on...

A Week In Movies: Hudson Wows New York, Planes And Pudsey Premiere, Plus New Trailers For Cave, Knightley And Witherspoon

A sleek and sexy Kate Hudson wowed the red carpet at the New York premiere of her new film Wish I Was Here. She was...

Laggies Trailer

Megan (Keira Knightley) is 28-years-old and she still hasn't got any sort of long term plan for her future. She earns a living as a...

Wimbledon 2014: Samuel L Jackson, Hugh Jackman & Keira Knightley Watch Epic Men's Final [Pictures]

Celebrities flocked to South London over the past fortnight to see the stars of the tennis court compete at Wimbledon. Stars from around the world...

Advertisement

Comments

Keira Knightley Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Keira Knightley

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All