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Director Joe Wright Banned Keira Knightley from Pouting on Set

By Dustin Rowles | Videos | January 26, 2014 |

By Dustin Rowles | Videos | January 26, 2014 |

Graham Norton had Keira Knightley and Kenneth Branagh on the show this weekend, and during the course of promoting Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, Knightley ended up discussing some of her earlier roles. For instance, on Pirates of the Caribbean, she said, the make-up people had to spend 45 minutes every day creating cleavage for her, first by pushing what little cleavage she had up as high as possible, and then by painting on the rest of her cleavage with, like, a paintbrush (they painted on shadowing to give the illusion of more cleavage). She also spoke about playing Natalie Portman’s lookalike in the Star Wars prequel, laughing about the similarities between the two actresses.

Best of all, Knightley spoke about working with Joe Wright, who directed her in Pride and Prejudice and Atonement. Fun Fact: Wright originally didn’t want Knightley for Pride and Prejudice because he thought she was too pretty. However, after he met her, he bluntly gave her a backhanded compliment, stating, “Oh no, you’re fine.”

Anyway, during course of Atonement, as Knightley tells it, she had a pouting problem. This is evident in many photos of Knightley.


The pouting stems from an insecurity she has about her smile, which she did not like to display. However, at some point during the filming of Pride and Prejudice, Wright had to ban pouting on the set.

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