LATEST: Hollywood actress Maggie Gyllenhaal has vowed to keep her political opinions to herself, because she's still suffering the media backlash over a remark she made about the September 11th (01) terrorist attacks in April (05).

The New York native was at the premiere of her movie THE GREAT NEW WONDERFUL, which is set in the city a year after the al-Qaeda attacks on the Big Apple, and investigates New Yorkers' feelings about the tragedy.

But while describing the movie, Gyllenhaal famously suggested America was "responsible in some way" for the attacks, but was forced to retract the comment following a media uproar about her anti-American sentiments.

And now she's too terrified to discuss her thoughts, in case she accidentally sparks controversy again.

She says, "I was so surprised by the way it was misunderstood, and the disdain that came back at me was a real shock.

"I regret what I said, but I think my intentions were good.

"Neither the red carpet nor an interview about a movie is the right place to talk about my politics.

"I realise I have to be careful, because it's very easy to misunderstand a complicated thought in a complicated world."

12/07/2005 09:15