''Pirates''' starlet on what doesn't float her boat -- Though she voices narration for the videogame based on her surprise hit, Keira Knightley is no technophile

By Geoff Keighley
Updated July 25, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT
Credit: Keira Knightley: Elliot Marks

Yes, she’s talented and beautiful. Yes, she got to work with Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom in ”Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.” And yes, she provided the narration for the just-released videogame (available for PC and Xbox from Bethesda Softworks) based on this summer’s surprise hit.

But know this: Keira Knightley is at war with technology. ”I managed to ruin my entire school’s computer system…. Everything shut down, and apparently it was my fault,” sighs the young actress, whose first big role was in ”Bend It Like Beckham.” And though even her siblings are wary of her strange powers (”My brother won’t let me near his PlayStation”), London-born Knightley is not averse to playing the occasional videogame, preferring smash-and-bash titles like Street Fighter, where ”you don’t need any skill, you just press everything.” Oh, to be so cursed.

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

  • Movie
  • PG-13
  • 143 minutes
  • Gore Verbinski