At the premier of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides in L.A. this weekend, Keira Knightley said that being a part of the first three Pirates, “was an amazing experience, I was 17 when I started and 22 by the time the last one came out. It was a considerable chunk of time. It was extraordinary but I think, what is that, five years of my life?”
The demanding shoot schedule for Pirates 2 and 3 also convinced Knightley she would not continue with the franchise. “Doing it solidly for two years at that time was definitely enough. And I mostly just wanted to do something else. The thing about acting is, it does require life, because you have to have things to draw from,” she said.
After an impressive number of films, including The Duchess, Atonement and the Pirates trilogy, Knightley says, “I very much felt like I’d hit a brick wall and was regurgitating as opposed to actually finding anything new.”