"Mulligan had to learn how to drive for the film. She did a two-week intensive course to eventually do the work, but still failed the driving test. The production team had to shoot the scene on a private road, where she was allowed to get behind the wheel. The director Romanek had a hard time making Knightley look plain. He tells in an interview: "It was difficult. She was eager and happy to do it because the role called for it. But even at her worst, Keira still looks astonishing." - via Wikipedia
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