Keira Knightley Talks About The Duchess Rape

August 11, 2008 By: michelle Category: Magazine Cover

Keira Knightley talks about the rape scene she had to act together with actor Ralph Fiennes for the upcoming movie The Duchess.

The interview was given for Tatler magazine.

It was very shocking. More than you might think. We rehearsed it twice and the first time was awful, with an incredibly violent act. The second time I said I needed some 18th century swear words to shout out. There wasn’t anything that Georgiana could do except fight it. We didn’t want to make it simplistic, so it turned into her freaking out at him. He is trying to have total control, and it is about that as opposed to the actual violent act.

Such scenes are always difficult. It was filmed on a closed set and we did discuss it and try different ways. So it wasn’t like Ralph just came in and we did it cold without me knowing exactly what was going to happen. The rape is incredible part of her story – it’s the moment when really hits her that she is forever trapped.

Keira Knightley in Tatler magazine cover

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