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Knightley stars in quirky art house film for free

The Duchess star, who can command pay cheques of up to $5.25 million (£3.5 million), agreed to appear in British artist Stuart Pearson Wright’s new 10-minute feature for free.

The film – made for $22,000 (£15,000) and filmed at an English country estate – shows Knightley wearing a huge wig and an Elizabethan costume, battling to find her lover in a maze of hedges.

And the actress admits she relished the chance to star in such a “weird and wonderful” project.

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She says, “I loved the idea of doing something that was purely creative, weird and wonderful and not a commercial venture.

“Ideas were emailed and then developed at Stuart’s studio over cupcakes and tea and a film piece was decided on: a collision of our worlds.”

Pearson Wright adds, “Not only did I have to direct a crew of 15 through a tight maze, but I had to deal with a Hollywood star. But Keira was fantastic. I was moved by her humility to take direction from me, someone so inexperienced. It’s testament to her generosity.”

Maze will be shown at the Riflemaker gallery in London in May (10).

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