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Monday, January 24, 2005

Last Item About Keira Knightley, I Swear

When Knightley --the sunny blond star of such pictures as "Pirates of the Caribbean" and "Bend It Like Beckham"--showed up to audition for "The Jacket," Maybury took her aside to assess her prospects. "The producers want you for this film," the director snarled. "I don't want you, and I'm not sure you can act."

Maybury insists this wasn't a test of her resolve. He really didn't want her. "Usually people just lie to you, so in that sense it was kind of refreshing," Knightley says. "I knew that to get the part, I was going to have to earn it."

After he heard her read, Maybury too was smitten. "After all my antagonism toward Keira, I think she's going to become a really considerable actress," he says. "Her intelligence alone is remarkable, and the camera just lovesher."

Yes, that's right. It's the camera that loves her.

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