The film, already being talked up as an Academy Awards contender, is likely to be a turning point for Knightley, co-star James McAvoy and director Joe Wright. For Wright, who also directed Knightley in 2005’s “Pride and Prejudice,” and McAvoy—last seen as the Scottish doctor befriended by Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in “The Last King of Scotland”—it could open doors in Hollywood.
“I love films,” she said. “I love it when they work, and I love it when they don’t work, and having the discussions about what was wrong with them. They’re like puzzles, and sometimes they just don’t fit together. When you see a good film, it looks so easy, and yet you can go right through the process and think it’s going to be great, then you watch it and it just doesn’t work. It is terrifying, but that’s what’s exciting about it. Because you never know.”
“The beauty of it is that you know there are going to be failures, you know there are going to be times when you just miss the mark, and it makes the times when it’s good even better