RB: Do you worry that people will like Ryan less because they have been in that seat across from him?
JR: No, just because that's not what the movie's about at the end of the day. It's not as if either the filmmaker or the character are taking a moral viewpoint on the firing. It's not about that at the end of the day.
RB: So, at the end of the day, what would you say it is about?
JR: Well, the movie is about a guy who's sort of figuring out who and what he wants in his life. That's how it kind of begins, middles and ends—if I can use middles as a verb. It's about a guy whose core life philosophy is that life would be better somehow without anything or anybody and then is challenged by his family, by Alex played by Vera Farmiga and Natalie played by Anna Kendrick. It is through reconnecting with his family, reconnecting with a women romantically and becoming oddly a surrogate father to Natalie that he recognizes the value of companionship.
RB: There has been a lot of awards buzz around the film. Do you pay attention to that or do you tune it out? Is it even possible to tune it out?
JR: If we were so fortunate as to receive that kind of recognition it would be incredibly flattering and, more importantly, it would bring more attention to this film, which is at the end of the day what I am most after.