Lynne Ramsay’s “You Were Never Really Here” has some of the best critical reviews of the year, and nearly every article written about the drama mentions just how long it’s taken the director to return to the big screen. “You Were Never Really Here” is Ramsay’s first theatrical release since “We Need to Talk About Kevin” in 2011, which doesn’t sit right with her “Kevin” breakout Ezra Miller. The actor, currently starring as The Flash in the DC Extended Universe, defended Ramsay while speaking to The New York Times.
“She’s had a rough go of it as a director because she is so true to her vision,” Miller said. “She’s unyielding. She’s the punk-rock, Iggy Pop of this game. And, hmm, surprisingly, she’s had trouble with some controlling, generally male producers. And she’s overcome that to make some incredible films.”
Miller continued by sending a message to the industry at large: “Let’s please do everything we can, collectively as an industry, to make sure Lynne Ramsay’s next film is not in as many years as the distance from the last film, and the distance prior to that.”
The interim between “We Need to Talk About Kevin” and “You Were Never Really Here” wasn’t intended to be seven years. Ramsay was set to direct Natalie Portman in “Jane’s Got a Gun” before a clash with producers left her no choice but to quit right before the film was about to shoot. The well-publicized incident wasn’t the first time Ramsay abandoned one of her own works. She was the original writer and director for “The Lovely Bones” adaptation before producers booted her and hired Peter Jackson, who had a more wholesome adaptation in mind.
“I’ve got a reputation for being difficult, and yet with my crew and my cast, I’m super-collaborative and we get on really well, and they like working with me,” Ramsay told The Guardian earlier this year. “So to me that always feels like bullshit. You’re doing a tough job, where you’re the captain of the ship, and there’s always tough decisions to make.”
Miller most recently starred in “Justice League” and will reprise his role as Credence Barebone in the “Fantastic Beasts” sequel, in theaters November 16. Ramsay’s “You Were Never Really Here” is now playing in select New York and Los Angeles theaters.