Famous people who hated their on-screen portrayals

Amanda Knox blasts Matt Damon's 'Stillwater' for dramatizing her wrongful conviction without her consent

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02/08/21 | StarsInsider

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Every film has its critics, but one critic you definitely don’t want is one the film is based on.

Amanda Knox publicly called out Matt Damon's latest film 'Stillwater,' and its director Tom McCarthy, in a Twitter thread on July 29 for using her story, and sensationalizing it, without her consent. "Does my name belong to me? My face? What about my life? My story? Why does my name refer to events I had no hand in? I return to these questions because others continue to profit off my name, face, and story without my consent. Most recently, the film #STILLWATER," she began

McCarthy told Vanity Fair that the film, though fictional, is inspired by Knox's wrongful conviction of the murder of Meredith Kercher, in which the real culprit is Rudy Guede. Knox criticized the way that her name is used to garner attention around the film, and opened up about how people's fixation on and dramatization of her story continues to impact her life. 

She highlighted how the many fictional liberties 'Stillwater' takes skews the public's perception of her story and ultimately her reputation. "By fictionalizing away my innocence, my total lack of involvement, by erasing the role of the authorities in my wrongful conviction, McCarthy reinforces an image of me as a guilty and untrustworthy person," she wrote. "And with Matt Damon’s star power, both are sure to profit handsomely off of this fictionalization of 'the Amanda Knox saga' that is sure to leave plenty of viewers wondering, 'Maybe the real-life Amanda was involved somehow.'" 

Check out this gallery to see the surprisingly long list of famous people who think the films got it wrong.


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