In Pride and Prejudice, Keira Knightley plays Elizabeth Bennet, a heroine who refuses to admit her feelings for Mr. Darcy. During the filming of this adaptation of Jane Austen’s masterpiece, Joe Wright warned the actress about one of her physical peculiarities which exasperated her.
Pride and Prejudice: the ultimate romantic drama
Released in 2006, Pride and Prejudice is one of many adaptations of Jane Austen’s masterpiece, but also one of the best. The feature film begins in a house in Herford shire, England during the reign of George III. Mrs. Bennet (Brenda Blethyn) wants to ensure a peaceful future for her daughters and hopes to see them marry.
The arrival of their neighbors Mr. Darcy (Matthew Macfadyen) and Mr. Bingley (Simon Woods) does not leave insensitive two of his daughters, Elizabeth (Keira Knightley) and Jane (Rosamund Pike). Elizabeth and Darcy are at first suspicious and distant towards each other, the first hating and making fun of life in society, the second displaying a gigantic pride. But despite their pride and despite their prejudices, they cannot help developing mutual feelings.
Donald Sutherland, Judi Dench, Carey Mulligan, Jena Malone, Kelly Reilly, Talulah Riley, and Tom Hollander round out the cast. Boasting sublime art direction, cinematography, and soundtrack, the film allows its director Joe Wright to win a BAFTAin addition to being nominated in four categories at the Oscars.
Joe Wright’s ban on Keira Knightley
Pride and Prejudice mark the first collaboration between the filmmaker and his lead actress. The duo then reformed on Come back to me and Anna Karenina. Passing through The Graham Norton Show in 2014, Keira Knightley reveals that Joe Wright has failed not to call on her because he found her “too beautiful”. She adds with humor, quoted by the Irish Mirror :
Then we met and he was like, ‘Oh no, it’s okay!’
Onset, the director forbids the actress to make her famous pout, which exasperates him. Keira Knightley is therefore trying to get rid of it. She tells :
I flushed it out of my system. I didn’t know I was doing her that much and Joe kicked her out of the movie.
According to IMDb, the star would still make this famous expression that she “hates” in a scene ofPride and Prejudice. If this shot could see the light of day, it is because it was shot by the second team. Since the release of the film, Joe Wright would not stop complaining about it. A few years later, the filmmaker and Keira Knightley work together on the commercial Miss Coco for Chanel. It is then that the director returns to his words, as the actress confides:
When we did the commercials for Chanel, he said to me, ‘Remember that pout we banned? Can you find her and make her as much as possible?’