Norton stars in Motherless Brooklyn
as Lionel Essrog, a Tourette's-stricken detective in 1950s New York City. The actor courted Yorke regarding a contribution for the movie, telling Rolling Stone
, "I wanted Thom to write an old-world melancholy ballad, and I wanted his voice to be the properties for Lionel's voice."
Norton emailed Yorke the request and the Motherless Brooklyn
script; a fortnight later he received an email from the Radiohead singer with the song "Daily Battles" attached.