Joaquin Phoenix’s buzzy performance in the new film You Were Never Here — in which he plays a haunted rescuer of sex-trafficked girls — is drawing attention to the Jonathan Ames novella on which it was based. Best known for creating the cult HBO TV series Bored to Death, Ames chatted to EW about how his story ended up on screen, working with Phoenix and director Lynne Ramsay, and whether Bored to Death will make a comeback.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How do you feel about the reaction to the film so far?
JONATHAN AMES: I love the movie. I think it’s a tremendous piece of cinema, and then this over-the-top, bravura performance by Joaquin…the film was fantastic