Hollywood actress KEIRA KNIGHTLEY simply laughs when British director Tony Scott calls her "f**king ugly", because she loves him so much.

The eccentric Top Gun film maker and brother of Ridley Scott has a fondness for insulting people, but his gruff charm ensures nobody's feelings are hurt.

She says, "Tony loves taking the p**s out of people and he's so charming, he can carry it off.

"His biggest piece of direction to quite a few of us has been, 'C'mon - nasty bitch - nasty! You're a nasty bitch!'

"A lot of directors, if they said that, you'd be like, 'What the f**k?'

"He'll say to me, 'Get your f**king ugly head out of my f**king way,' and I never take it seriously."