‘Hillbilly Elegy’ Author J.D. Vance Responds to Liberal Critics of the Netflix Adaptation

When his memoir “Hillbilly Elegy” stirred up debate about poverty, addiction, and other hot-button issues in 2016, author J.D. Vance weathered the cultural firestorm. Now a film version of his book, directed by Academy Award-winner Ron Howard and just released on Netflix, has sparked another round of impassioned critique and analysis — but the film almost didn’t happen. “Initially, I didn’t want to actually make a movie out of the book,” Vance told me in a phone interview. “Because once you do, you lose creative control, and I was worried about that. But I really liked Ron, and I think he is a good person — though, of course, we don’t share the same politics.”

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