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Writer and director Ari Aster is proving himself to be one of the greatest storytellers in Hollywood. Hereditary (2018) and Midsommar (2019) are two of his most beloved works, and his latest film, Beau is Afraid, is expected to pique the interest of film lovers everywhere.

In an expansion of Aster’s 2011 short Beau, Beau is Afraid stars Joaquin Phoenix as Beau Wassermann and is described as a comedy-horror about “a mild-mannered but anxiety-ridden man” who “confronts his darkest fears as he embarks on an epic, Kafkaesque odyssey back home” after the sudden death of his mother. Armen Nahapetian plays teen Beau in the film and shared with Popternative the surprise he experienced when the poster for the film was released.

“To even be mentioned in the same sentence as Joaquin Phoenix is such an honor. You know that first teaser poster initially came out around like December [2022] time and I was so surprised. I was like ‘holy [explicit] that’s me’. I’m right on this poster. It’s like an artistic version of me. I am changed a little bit so that’s kind of why people started to think I was CGI. Of course, my family knew it was me, but a lot of other people didn’t. I even had kids from school sending it to me like ‘is that really you?’”

Watch the full interview with Armen Nahapetian below.

Beau is Afraid is playing in theaters.


Amber Dover is a multimedia journalist with over a decade writing about pop culture. Cat mom with a deep love of horror, you can follow Amber at @Glambergirlblog on Instagram and Twitter.

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