With an Academy Award nomination under her belt and upcoming movies that plunge into the worlds of Freud, Jung and Tolstoy, Keira Knightely is no slouch when it comes to serious acting. She sat down with The Hollywood Reporter to talk about how she slipped into the role of Sabine Spielrein, a Russian woman suffering from heavy psychological issues, for her upcoming film. In a more harrowing scene of David Cronenberg's "A Dangerous Method," Knightley's character was placed in a very compromising position. She was to be spanked. The scene was almost uncomfortable enough for the actress to turn down the role that may very well earn her another Oscar nod. I phoned him up to really turn it down
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Watch fullscreen. The very classy Ms Knightley talks spanking at the premiere of her new movie, after filming a raunchy scene for A Dangerous Method. Keira Knightley.
From the second Keira Knightley shrieks her way into A Dangerous Method for a Carl Jung talking cure that ultimately leads to a spanking session, I was in love with her fiery performance. The year-old British actress—who segues blithely from franchise sequels to art films—plays the troubled Sabina Spielrein in the David Cronenberg —directed look at the early days of psychoanalysis. Her take on the hysteria-laden human catalyst has divided people like Jung himself did, but I admired her guts enough to lay her on my Naugahyde couch for a searing interrogation about it last week. Sadomasochism is a circle. Knightley says Sabina transferred her feelings about her father onto Jung Michael Fassbender , whom she loved and hated at the same time. We discussed how he would shoot it and the purpose of the scenes, and it became easier for me to film them because I knew the reason they were there. And it probably helped that her butt never bristled, even after multiple takes. He hit a box. This is someone constantly fighting with the side of herself that wanted to destroy everything, herself included.
By John Hiscock. Screen nudity and explicit love scenes have never been a problem for Keira Knightley. She filmed her first nude scene when she was only 15 in The Hole and since then has appeared topless, naked and in various stages of undress in Silk , Atonement , Domino and The Edge of Love. Yet the year-old actress balked at what director David Cronenberg wanted her to do for her latest film, A Dangerous Method , because she thought the scenes were too outrageously explicit. But then, she says, after talking at length with Cronenberg and her co-star Michael Fassbender, she changed her mind and went through with them, helped by inhibition-easing shots of vodka. In the fact-based film she portrays a hysterical, tic-ravaged mental patient with masochistic tendencies who becomes sexually involved with her psychoanalyst, Dr Carl Jung, played by Fassbender. As well as some explicit sex scenes, the script also called for her to enjoy being tied to a bed and spanked with her breasts exposed. So we kind of came to an agreement with Michael as well because he had questions about the scenes, too.