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Keira Knightley Compares and Contrasts Costars Jude Law and Michael Fassbender

Keira Knightley stars as patient-turned-psychiatrist Sabina Spielrein in David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method, which expands into theaters across the country this Friday. The film came out in limited release last Fall, and quickly earned notoriety for the racy sex scenes Keira shares with her hot costar Michael Fassbender, who plays Carl Jung. Yesterday, Keira spoke about working with both Michael and David. Keira shared excitement for the critical acclaim Michael’s earned for another daring performance in Shame, a movie she liked quite a bit. She also spoke about her other upcoming projects, Seeking a Friend at the End of the World, the directorial debut from Lorene Scafaria featuring Steve Carell, and a remake of Anna Karenina. The later film sees Keira paired up with director Joe Wright for the third time, after Atonement and Pride & Prejudice, as well as leading man Jude Law. Keira said: On having reservations about the spanking scenes in DM: “I was 95% going to say yes as soon as my agent said, ‘Look, David Cronenberg is going to offer you a film.’ . . . I did have reservations about the masochistic scenes. I actually spoke to him about it and said, ‘I love the script, but I’m not sure I can do this because of these scenes. I’m not quite sure I want to go there.’ And he said, ‘If that stops you playing the part, that would be a tragedy so let’s just take them out.’ And I thought that was an amazing thing for him offer. We just talked and talked, and once he’s made it clear he didn’t want it to be voyeuristic and sexy, he wanted them to be kind of more clinical, I thought I might as well go for it.” On similarities between Jude and Michael: “No! No. Jude a proper actor – he’s wonderful to work with. He’s a proper actor, I mean they all are . . . Michael works in a much more muscular way. Everything turns into muscle memory. He works a script, and works a script. Jude does a lot of theater so he comes from the preparation side – like a rehearsal room. He’s really open to it, and he asks a lot of questions on that day. He’s just phenomenal. So no there aren’t any similarities, but they’re all very good actors.” On first-time director Lorene: “She’s just fab – she’s great. She’s completely the reason I think everybody signed up to do the movie. The script was wonderful. It was one of the best scripts I’ve ever read. The dialogue was brilliant, and the concept behind it was amazing. I haven’t seen the finished article yet. I’m seeing it [today] so that’s really exciting. She’s an amazing woman, an amazing talent. On set, to think it was her first film – you’d never have guessed it. She was so cool, she knew exactly what she wanted, she was unbelievably fast, she was completely amazing. So hopefully it will work!” On what she’s excited to see succeed during award season: “I was really excited about Shame, because given the nature of it and the subject matter of it, quite often those ones get passed by. I think Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady. That performance was amazing. That was very good. I haven’t seen The Artist yet, but I’m really looking forward to seeing that.” To read Keira’s thoughts on Michael in Shame, working with the “lovely” Steve Carell, and wrapping Anna Karenina, just keep reading.

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