Keira’s Breasts

Keira Knightley King Arthur movie poster

Keira Knightley breasts enlarged on King Arthur movie poster

Enlarging Keira Knightley’s Breasts

Actress Keira Knightley, in a recent interview, reminded everyone how her breasts were “digitally enhanced” back in 2004 for the King Arthur movie poster:

“I remember we had an interesting discussion when they said, ‘We want to make them slightly larger and you’ll get approval’ and I was like, ‘OK, fine.’ I honestly don’t give a shit.

But then they showed me the first copy and these things must have been double-Es — and they were down to my knees.

And I was like, ‘I don’t mind you making them bigger, but don’t give me droopy breasts. They look like your grandmother’s tits.'”

Keira seems to be trying to make a point about Hollywood’s attitude about actresses and how they are marketed (News Flash: Americans like large breasts), but she goes on to admit she does have final approval over how she is portrayed in key art. In the same interview she says about appearing on magazine covers:

“I did one magazine and found out you’re not actually allowed to be on a cover in the US without at least a C cup because it turns people off.”

While that sounds more like something she heard from an intern at a magazine cover photo shoot rather than an industry wide rule, it remains to be seen how each and every magazine art director chooses to depict Knightley on a magazine cover. What is true is that images of actors (all actors) are retouched in one way or another when appearing in film print advertising. Most of the time this goes unnoticed, sometimes not.

Keira Knightley King Arthur photo shoot

Keira Knightley photo shoot

Looking at the special shoot image of Keira Knightley used for the King Arthur one-sheet, it’s not surprising the art directors and film execs involved decided to rework her figure, as her chest appears to be flattened by a tight leather strap costume. Did the studio go too far? Hard to say. Perhaps next time they’ll be able to highlight Keira Knightley’s abs instead, which don’t seem to need any enhancing.

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  1. AmandaJuly 19, 2006 at 11:41 PMReply

    I enjoy reading entries about, and discovering for myself photo re-touching.

    Here’s a good one: The human figure is 7.5-8 heads tall. That said, check out Amanda Bynes on the She’s the Man poster.

  2. LukeJuly 20, 2006 at 11:54 AMReply

    They did a lot more than give her breasts. THey straightened her posture and shrunk her stomach (because she’s so tubby).

    • Jakk FrostNovember 25, 2013 at 6:15 PM

      If you think someone as near-anorexically thin as Keira Knightley is “tubby”, you need to stay the hell away from women, as you’re the kind of person that gives them such horrible self-image issues that they’ll starve themselves to death.

      Unless of course you were being sarcastic, in which case I apologize.

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  4. MoviepostersMay 21, 2009 at 7:44 AMReply

    Where ever there is Keira’s Breasts there deserves a comment…. Ha ha…. So here I am.

    Got to give her credit though, her role in Pirates of the Caribbean was great and made the film along with Johnny D. She is a great actress.

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  8. RogerNovember 6, 2014 at 9:07 AMReply

    I heard of this years ago, but this was the first time I’ve seen the original picture side-by-side with the retouched one. Interestingly, they altered a lot more than just the breasts — almost everything, actually. The breast enlargement is the most obvious, but others include: added “tribal” tattoos on face, shoulder, chest and left hand; tilted whole body forward without moving head, to hide the fact that the original pose was kneeling; flattened the already very skinny stomach; made hair glossier and fuller; trimmed hair to the left (her right), probably to make room for Clive Owen; made lips redder and glossier; added many glints and highlights (including some strange ones, e.g. now her armpit is glowing!); lightened the shadows under the left eye; completely replaced her teeth; changed overall colour balance and contrast; changed and smoothed skin texture; and sharpened her arrow.

  9. katrinaMay 4, 2015 at 5:13 PMReply

    Well, Ms Knightley, if you ever read this, not all Americans think huge boobs are sightly, sexy or necessary. Women don’t care about other women’s breast sizes, trust me. You should know that Americans love you for who YOU are, that being a very talented, beautiful young lady who knows how to act.

    • Mᵜāz KalīmJanuary 7, 2022 at 9:36 AM

      You sure you’re including lesbians or even, bisexuals ciswomen in that?
      Nevermind straight cismen, arguably the single-largest demo?

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