Thursday, June 28, 2012

A Knightley Aversion

I should preface this post by saying that people can be irrational, and I am no exception.

I used to really dislike Keira Knightley.  I never saw Bend It Like Beckham, so I missed the initial fanfare of her "making it big" arrival in Hollywood.  I had only seen her thin frame in ads and on the red carpet.  I saw Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl in theatres, and I liked it.  Time passed.  She became really famous, and she was everywhere.

For a reason unknown at the time, I decided I really didn't like Keira Knightley. Why is she everyone's spokesmodel?  Why does there need to be a picture of her in every damn magazine?  Why does every magazine keep talking about how thin she is and whether or not she has an eating disorder?  And then someone asked me why I thought she was so annoying.  And just like any mature adult, I said, "Because she annoys me."  (Don't hire me as your attorney.)

And then I saw...
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I had seen a few scenes on TV before, and I was excited to finally watch it in its entirety when I started dating my husband.  And then I figured it out.  I hate  despise  loathe  want to rip one of Keira Knightley's scenes right out of the film.  Do you know which one I'm talking about?

Knightley plays the lovely Juliet who discovers that her husband's best friend is in love with her.  As one would expect, this brings about discomfort, shock, and embarrassment.  Juliet's husband never finds out, and eventually, she and the best friend resolve to move past it.  He has his way of getting closure, and then she... Well, just watch.


How on this great earth is it reasonable for a woman to kiss her new husband's best friend?!  People have tried to tell me it was a sweet gesture, but I beg to differ.  I wouldn't call that "letting him down easy".  And I wouldn't call it "closure" either.  I don't think it's sweet.  I don't think it's fair to him.  I don't think it would make him think, Oh, okay.  Now I can move on.  I get so up in arms and sad every time I see that scene.  My husband told me that hearing my unsolicited opinion about the matter was one of the things he liked about me.

However, Keira Knightley is not that person in real life, so I offer her this letter she'll never read:

Dear Keira Knightley,

I am sorry that I held a grudge against you all that time, all because of a character you played.  You were so true to the part that I believed you were Juliet.  It's twisted compliment, really!  You are a superb actress.  I love your work in Pride and Prejudice and Domino.  You carry yourself well, and quite honestly, I love your accent.  So what do you say?  Let's be friends? 

Sincerely, 
Lindsay

Love Actually is a great film!  One of my favorites.  (The men in this movie were cast so freakin' perfectly.)  I may still curse that kiss, but at least I've dissected my Knightley aversion and moved past it.  And that's the tale of my completely irrational decision about a celebrity.  Lucky for me, she has no idea who I am, she wouldn't have known I didn't like her, and this apology doesn't really matter.  

Why am I still typing?  

Okay, goodbye.  :-)

24 comments:

Nilda said...

I absolutely adore that movie, but you're right, that scene was a little off. What's funny is that my favorite scene features her: the one where the trumpets start playing at their wedding?

Love it!

Rhiannon said...

Watch The Duchess, she is fantastic in that one!!!

Jasmine said...

Hahaha, love this. I hope somehow she reads this letter and all is well. Watch Bend it Like Beckham too -- if for nothing else, Jonathon Rhys Meyers. Woah.

I like her in Pride and Prejudice too :)

Hope you're lovely and well :) Xxx

Empirically Erin said...

Haha this is hilarious!! I totally have done that with actresses too! I think that I can't stand them but then if I stop and think why, I can't come up with anything. I love that movie though!

still being [molly] said...

hhahah i love that - i've totally disliked actresses because of their characters in movies! haahha i need to stop doing that. and i hate that scene too but LOVE LOVE ACTUALLY!

still being [molly]

The Pink Growl said...

I love this! I like Keira but I've always thought she was sort of awkward, maybe it's because she's british? I love Love Actually though! And I liked her in Pirates.

Jessica @ Lovely Little Things said...

Hahaha I remember you going on a Keira Knightley rant on one of my posts a long time ago!

Good to see that you got past it ;)

Love you, sista!
xo

Myra said...

i LOVEEEEEEE this movie! hubs doesn't want to watch it with me, so i'm thinking a girls night & rerun of the movie should happen.

and i completely understand your irrationality sometimes with actresses. i do it too :)

Gesci said...

I have some actors/actresses whose movies I absolutely won't watch, and she's one of them. I just can't stand her face. Literally. Her stuck-out lower jaw bothers me. It may not be fair or right, but it's true. At the same time, though, I haven't really liked any of the movies I've seen her in (including Love Actually) except for the first Pirates. So either my reaction to her face is so visceral I can't get past it or I also don't like her acting- who knows? I just figure that's x more hours of my life I'm not wasting sitting on my butt in front of a screen!

Jami @ Somewhat Domesticated said...

You crack me up! But that scene has always bothered me too - who would do that, seriously?!

Glad you and Keira are on the path to healing ;-)

Katie Price said...

Love Actually is one of the only movies that I can watch again and again.. even in July.

p.s. Thanks for switching to my new button! That was thoughtful of you :)

Mish Lovin' Life said...

LOVE LOVE ACTUALLY!!! LOVE IT! TOP 2 of my faves! Following When Harry Met Sally, of course.

Anna Elder said...

I actually feel like that story is left completely open-ended. Because seriously, that kiss is more than just a friendly kiss, right?! I thought this story was cute until the end which just made me feel bad for the guy. BUT the rest of the movie? So adorable. And I feel you on the whole Keira thing. I don't get it. She's too thin. haha

Thanks for stopping by today! Loved finding your blog.

Miki {Becoming What I Always Was} said...

I haven't seen that movie. But I do have this weird love/ hate thing for her. I don't feel neutral or kinda like her. I either love her in films or hate her. I don't know what my deal is.

Ellie said...

You know what's sad?...I have watched that movie upwards of 20 times at least (remember, I have no cable and for a long while, as well as now, I had no access to Netflix. It was one of a handful of movies I owned...), and never once did I know that that was Keira Knightley. The movie that I have is a burned DVD, so it has no cover, and I don't pay attention to credits. Up until now, I had heard her name all over the place (and for whatever reason, I think I knew she was blonde), but if I had met her on the street, I would have had no idea. Thank you for enlightening me on something in the celebrity world, into which I rarely venture.

And I thought the kiss was sweet in a "I love you but I'm not in love with you" kind of way... :)

Stevie Leigh said...

Love this. And agreed - she's pretty talented.

Great blog!

KB @ kiss, laugh, and dream said...

I'm indifferent to Keira Knightley...but I love Love Actually. My roommate and I had it playing all day everyday from Thanksgiving to Christmas my freshman year in college. Favorite "Christmas movie" by far. I may just go watch it now even though it's June. :)

Samantha Goh said...

I know this is so random but you made me realize why I thought the lead actor in The Walking Dead looked so familiar! He's the best friend she kisses! And yes, I agree. While Love Actually is one of my favorite chick flicks, I don't think what she did was right. :(

Twist Snag said...

Wow! I feel the exact same way. Something about that fake-cutesy pout that she has going just makes me twitch every time i see her. And that scene is one of my most loathed scenes ever for exactly those reasons. Your loyalty is with your husband, not some friend of his who thinks you are hot.

Twist Snag said...

And I think she was appalling in Pride and Prejudice. They just made up new scenes in stead of sticking to the excellent book.

Michelle said...

That scene bothered the heck out of me too!! Just NOT cool. You're the first person to agree with me! I haven't seen that movie since high school...definitely need to watch again! I loved it.

I looooove the Pirates movies, and I liked her in those. I love her in Pride & Prejudice because I just FREAKING LOVE that movie. Though the BBC version is still better. And I hate her because I want her accent.

But I'm totally with you, I judge actors/actresses by their roles. Oops!

P.S. I love you (not the movie. I just love you)

Crissy B. said...

I don't like Keira Knightley. I think it's because of the way she talks and she's kinda boyish.... I can't put my finger on exactly why. The only movie I've liked her in is the 1st pirates. After that one, she get's this whole independent woman vibe about her, and I don't like her attitude. I guess it's a little about her characters and a little about her.

Jessica Who? said...

this is one of my favorite movies of all time!!

Patty said...

Aw I love Kiera Knightely... but don't see 'Seeking a friend for the end of the world'... so Depressing and she looks bad :/