Hollywood beauty Keira Knightley resents the hype surrounding her career which nearly caused her to loose her dream role in director John Maybury's latest film.

The BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM star was devastated when she was initially turned down for the role of an alcoholic waitress who falls in love with a Gulf War Veteran in The Jacket and blames her increasing media attention.

The 19-year-old complains, "John didn't want me for the part and he told me so. He said he wasn't sure whether I could act, whether it was all hype, and he also told me he didn't know why I wanted to do his film. I said if I didn't do it, I'd be in corsets for the next 20 years. My mum says I was born 45."

08/06/2004 13:41