Keira Knightley almost refused film over spanking scene
Washington: British beauty Keira Knightley has revealed that she almost came close to turning down a lead role in David Cronenberg’s disturbing new film, A Dangerous Method, as she feared the movie’s spanking scenes would haunt her even after the film.
The Pirates of the Caribbean actress is playing the role of a Russian woman with severe psychological issues.
Knightley was particularly disturbed with a scene where she is being spanked violently. The actress reportedly called up director Cronenberg to tell that she didn’t feel comfortable accepting the role.
It was only after the filmmaker assured Knightley that his scenes would not be sexual, Knighley came onboard. According to reports, the actress indulged in vodka shots to build up her courage before the awkward take.
“When I first read the script, I thought, ‘The script was fascinating, and it’s David (Cronenberg), and I really want to work with David, but I read those two scenes and just went, ‘I don’t think that I can do that,’ particularly because it’s the age of the Internet; it’s gonna be everywhere; I don’t want that out there,” Contactmusic quoted her as telling The Hollywood Reporter.
“I phoned him up to really turn it down... I said to him, ‘Look, I love you, I love the script, I love the character, but I really don’t know that I can play those scenes’... He said, ‘Look, if I’m gonna do them, then they’re gonna be clinical; they’re not gonna be sexy, they’re not gonna be voyeuristic in that way.’ And I thought, ‘OK, well I can understand that. As long as it’s clinical and it’s not some, sort of, weird sexy spanking thing,” she added.