The director of Me Before You is #sorrynotsorry about its controversial ending

Thea Sharrock defends it as "brave" and "interesting".

By Erin Van Der Meer
The director of Me Before You is #sorrynotsorry about its controversial ending

Warning, warning – serious spoilers ahead!

The director of the film adaptation of Me Before You – you know, the movie so tear-jerking the trailer alone made us bawl – has defended its controversial ending.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Thea Sharrock responded to critics who say the film’s conclusion, which is the same as the book, is offensive to people with disabilities.

For those who haven’t read or seen Me Before You, main character Will makes the decision to end his life via assisted suicide rather than accept his fate as a quadriplegic.

Jay Ruderman, the president of disability advocacy group in the US, The Ruderman Family Foundation, argued that the plotline "presents a deeply troubling message to our society about people with disabilities" because "to the millions of people with significant disabilities currently leading fulfilling, rich lives, it posits that they are better off committing suicide."

But Sharrock is standing by her decision to keep the film true to the book.

"This is a brave ending," she told EW. "It’s too easy to do it the other way. We could all tell that story tomorrow. But this way… this is the more interesting way."


She also acknowledged that it’s an important issue, which is what attracted her to the subject matter initially. Also apparently because she loves a good ugly cry.

"There is something wonderful about knowing that the person next to you is also bawling their eyes out and you’re sharing that with them," says Sharrock. "I think that’s a hugely cathartic thing. That side of it, I’m really proud of."

Judging from the trailers, the movie itself is going to leave us mascara-streaked and dehydrated. Ten sleeps to go until all of the Me Before You feels (it’s out June 16).