Following an interview with The Independent during which the Begin Again director said the actress's "thing" is to "hide who you are," and that he would never work with "supermodels" again, a handful of Hollywood directors have come out in the star's defense.
"My experience with #keiraknightley was utterly spectacular on every level," filmmaker Mark Romanek tweeted. "I have no clue what this guy is talking about." He added an explicit hashtag calling Carney "arrogant," at the end of the message.
During the interview, Carney claimed Knightley was often busy with her "entourage," but Romanek said in his experience, "My recollection of #keiraknightley's 'entourage' was that her mum visited the set one day for an hour or two."
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World director Lorene Scafaria echoed Romanek's sentiment, saying on Twitter Knightley "was a joy to work [with.] Present & easy & really, really good at her job. Just lovely."
Lynn Shelton, who helmed 2014's Laggies also added her insight, saying the actress "was magnificent, top to bottom. She is the real deal."
"I don't want to rubbish Keira, but you know it's hard being a film actor and it requires a certain level of honesty and self-analysis that I don't think she's ready for yet," he said, "and I certainly don't think she was ready for on that film."
Keira Knightley has not yet acknowledged Carney's comments.