Keira Knightley Agrees to Work For Free!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Keira KnightleyKEIRA Knightley agreed to appear in her latest film for free.

The Pirates of the Caribbean actress stars as Elizabethan lover Constance in 10-minute short film Maze, the debut of painter Stuart Pearson Wright, for free because she is so in tune with his ideas.

The short features the actress and her lover — played by the artist — in full period costume, lost in a maze trying to find each other and was shot in one day for just $20,000.

“I loved the idea of doing something that was purely creative, weird and wonderful and not a commercial venture,” Keira told British newspaper The Independent.

“Ideas were emailed and then developed at Stuart’s studio over cupcakes and tea, and under the skeleton of his dog, and a film piece was decided on: a collision of our worlds.”

The director admits it was a nerve-wracking experience for him to work with such a high-profile actress on his very first film, but insists Keira instantly put him at ease.

“I was impressed Keira agreed to do the film straight away,” Stuart said. “She had the humility to take direction from somebody who lacked experience.

“She was as un-diva like as anybody could be, because she is so down to earth. She is not into playing the whole star game. She genuinely loves acting and I think she gives a great performance, in this film, in a very uncomfortable dress.”

Maze will be premiered alongside Stuart’s latest exhibition, I Remember You at London’s Riflemaker Gallery between May 5 and June 6.