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Pirates of the Caribbean - Keira Knightley Q&A



Compiled by: Jack Foley

Q. You don’t get the opportunity to wield a cutlass, but you are still something of the action girl in it. It's not a damsel in distress. So what about the stunts? Were you always going to do them?
A.
No, when I first read the script I thought I was going to have a really easy time of it and sit around, and pout a bit, and scream a lot and it was all going to be fine. Gore, however, had other plans and thought it would be a great idea if I tried to do as much of it as possible. So I ended up climbing up ships and jumping off the other side and hitting men over the head with golden polls, which actually was great fun, but he never game me a sword.

Q. It’s been a remarkable two and a half years for you both, you must have had pinch me moments? How do you cope with them?
A.
It’s great; it’s really, really great to have the opportunity to kind of do what we both want to do, you know? That’s really fantastic, and especially working with people like Gore and Jerry and Johnny Depp and people like that. Obviously, I think there are pinch me moments, definitely, but you take each day at a time and try to have as much fun as possible and lucky this was a great experience.

Q. Orlando described the making of the movie as great fun, and I’m sure that it was, but were there any physical hardships that you had to endure? Corsets, for example?
A.
Yes, it was my own fault, I’ve got a Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With The Wind thing, and she gets her waist down to 18 and a half inches and so when I went into all these fittings, I thought it would be a great idea if we tried to do the same, and it looks great and I used to breathe in and try to make them go tighter and tighter; and for five minutes it’s fantastic, you have this lovely thin waist, and big cleavage, which is great fun, but oxygen depravation is a big problem, and I think it was one scene where I was standing on the stairs and Gore actually had to say to me, ‘ok, go out and take the corset off, because your eyes are rolling into the back of your head’. But it looks good, so that’s the main thing.

Q. Did you have any problems finding your sea legs, given that so much was filmed on the water?
A.
I took a sea sickness pill. I don’t normally get sea sick, but they had these boats made and they rocked a lot, so I thought better be safe, than sorry, and I took these pills and they make you really, really drowsy. So everybody was coming up to me and asking, ‘are you ok?’. But I just couldn’t keep my eyes open for the entire day; so after that, I decided I’d rather puke than be falling asleep all day. It was very glamorous, people puking overboard and sort of me falling asleep… it was great.

Q. Having come from something like Bend It Like Beckham onto your first big Hollywood movie, were you as prepared as you thought you would be for the transition?
A.
There’s a big difference. I mean, on Bend It Like Beckham there were, maybe, 50 crew members and on this we had hundreds, and hundreds and hundreds, so it’s just much bigger, you know, and we could take more time. Every football sequence in Bend It Like Beckham took no more than a day and a half, whereas the action sequences in this were kind of… some of them took about two weeks. So it’s a longer, drawn out process doing something of this magnitude, as opposed to something that small, but I think the banter between actor and director is always the same, you have that discussion always, no matter what you are making. But everything’s just on a larger scale.

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