John Krasinski wears many hats. He’s an actor, screenwriter, producer, and director. Krasinski is known worldwide for his role of Jim Halpert in NBC’s The Office. Now he is directing and starring with his wife, Emily Blunt, in the upcoming horror film A Quiet Place, which will be released in theaters on April 6, 2018.
Screen Rant got a chance to talk to John Krasinski on press day, where we discussed what preparation for the film consisted of, what drew John to the script and story, and whether or not we could see him as Mr. Fantastic.
This movie blew me away. It’s so innovative. So, I heard at home you had safe sounds and unsafe sounds. What did some of those consist of?
John Krasinski: Well, as soon as Emily signed on, we actually started it out as a joke where we were trying to figure out how to live as quietly as possible. It’s very difficult to do. So, when we were cooking dinner for the kids or something and I’d drop a spoon, she’d just lean back and go, “You’re dead!”, which is probably not the best thing to say in front of the kids cause the kids are like, “What happened?” But then it became a really serious sort of explanation of sound and sort of this, it would be nearly impossible to do what this family is doing. And so, it led to a lot of conversations for weeks and weeks and weeks leading to the movie. And that was the cool thing about the process with Emily was we did all the work before we got onto set. We sort of were as honest as we were about this movie as we are in our marriage.
Interesting. I also read that you attached to this film quite quickly because you were having your second daughter and that fear, I guess, was what really connected you to this.
John Krasinski: 1000%. I don’t think anybody looks at my name and says, “That’s the guy that’s going to direct another horror movie.” You know what I mean? I think that for me, I’m not even a horror guy. I mean, now I’m a huge horror guy, but up until then I hadn’t seen a lot of horror movies.
John Krasinski: Because I was just too scared. I was one of those people who’s scared and I know there’s a lot of us out there. But for me, this script came about three weeks Emily had given birth to our second daughter and I was definitely in that new parent terror. I was scared to keep her safe, to keep her alive. Was I a good enough man to be her dad? And all of these huge ideas are all in this movie and I love that people call it a scary movie and it is, but there’s something really emotional going on here too. So, I know it seems insane going from the poster, but this is a love letter to my daughters.
I mean, you hit it almost right on the head because there’s a few jump scares and stuff, but mainly I was more afraid for the family.
John Krasinski: That’s exactly right.
And I just connected to them so much and any small sound I heard, and it’s weird watching a movie like this in the theater because you don’t want to make a noise…
John Krasinski: That’s exactly right. You know, one of my favorite things that people have said about the movie is that it is an experience. It’s not just a movie. It’s an experience. And, listen, as a director you always want people to go see your movie in the theaters because that’s how you envision it in your head but, in this one, people are saying you have to go because you want to see it with strangers in the room. There’s something palpable about the tension, which is I mean, come on. There’s nothing better than that.
A lot of our fans at Screen Rant are fans of superhero stuff. Switching gears for a second. You and Emily have both flirted with this a little bit. Any chance that you guys can be playing Invisible Woman and Mr. Fantastic?
John Krasinski: Oh yeah. Yeah. Fantastic Four. I would love that. I mean, listen. I’m still getting into the whole superhero thing. I didn’t read comics as a kid, as many. I read some, but not as much. But I’m a huge superhero fan and so, yeah, I’d love to do something like that if there are any left. A lot of these have been taken, but the ones that are left? Yeah. I mean, I would love to do something like that. And listen, I’d love to work with her again, so any chance I got would be great.
This script conveys emotion brilliantly and how difficult was that to not use dialogue essentially?
John Krasinski: That’s a great question. I mean, at the end of the day, the truth is what I was most scared of was the lack of dialogue. It was also the thing I knew would be really cool if we could pull it off, but it’s a high wire act. Right? If you make it across, that’s amazing. If not, that’s not great. So, it was probably Day 2 or 3, I saw what the thing I was most scared of, much like the family in this movie, the thing that you were most scared of was your superpower. You started watching Emily for sure, but even these kids, the emotion and power that they were conveying without using words was just huge and so emotional and that was when I really knew we had something special.
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