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Larry King NowAug 26 '16

Actor, director, and all-around great guy John Krasinski joins Larry for an intimate conversation about his family, working to earn the fame ‘The Office’ gave him, and the sage advice he’s received from George Clooney. Plus, John on his upcoming role as Jack Ryan and his new film, ‘The Hollars.’


*Posted Online on Ora.TV on Aug 25th 2016:

“I'm not a guy who has things sitting around on the shelf. If I'm involved in something, I want to do it. So I think two days after buying the script I called Margo Martindale because my whole idea was, if I'm going to do this, I'm going to direct and get the best cast I can.” – John Krasinski on directing ‘The Hollars.’

“I think the key to this movie is making this family feel organic and real and the only way I could do that was by not being the guy behind the camera that's yelling cut and giving people notes. It would ruin this sort of special vibe that the cast started to have on set. So being the guy in the scenes we would just not let the camera cut, we would talk very quietly amongst ourselves and basically when we thought we had the scene done they didn't even know the cameras were rolling. It almost felt like a play.” – John Krasinski on both directing and starring in ‘The Hollars.’

“I've stolen ideas and thoughts and moves from the directors that I've worked with. Certainly George Clooney taught me so much. One of the things I always remember he told me was – you can make a bad movie out of a good script, but you can never make a good movie out of a bad script, so always choose wisely. And then the other thing he always told me was, you know, the best idea has to end up on screen. Doesn't matter who said it. One of your actors or the guy who's shutting down the studio at night. If it's going to make the movie better, it has to go on screen. It's a team sport.”

“Strategy I think is a scary thing because it can get you in trouble. I think you can have hopes, you can have aspirations, I certainly – I'm a realist, so I understand that, you know, when people say, ‘Is it frustrating that you'll always be known as Jim from 'The Office'?’ I say not at all. In fact, it's a huge compliment. I think that's one of the greatest honors I'll have in my career. That show is everything to me.” – John Krasinski on whether or not he strategizes his career.

“I was a waiter before I got that job. So I'm living a lottery ticket life. I mean, I really am. And so I almost feel like I don't deserve to have gotten that opportunity, so I'm trying to deserve the idea of staying here in this, in the opportunity that I have.” – John Krasinski on his breakout role as Jim Halpert on ‘The Office.’

“The pitch to me was Carlton Cuse, the showrunner, who's incredible and he's done, he was one of the first guys at 'Lost.' He basically said, ‘We're not doing a television series.’ And I thought, yeah, that's a good battle of semantics. And he said, no, the truth is a two hour format for Jack Ryan may not be the best format for the character, because Tom Clancy's books are so detailed and rich. And the character's superpower, if he has one, is his intelligence. So he has to, you know, draw things out and problem-solve. So this 10-part thing – we're going to do a movie and break it into 10 parts every season.” – John Krasinski on his new role as Jack Ryan for Amazon.

“To me there was something very different, fresh, and so smart about what he did. He's so incredibly smart, he's so incredibly self-deprecating but he's allowed to be silly. There are very few people who can do what they do and on top of it, as we discussed earlier, he's one of the greatest human beings you'll ever meet. He is so kind and so genuine.” – John Krasinski on his biggest comedic influence, Conan O’Brien.

“I married up. That's what you wanted to say, and it's fine.” – John Krasinski on his wife, Emily Blunt.

“We really like old-lady names.” – John Krasinski on the names of his two daughters, Hazel and Violet.

“I'm actually an independent. I vote – when I grew up I sort of took every issue and every candidate as it comes. I feel like there's something for me that feels like I appreciate the idea of a candidate having to earn my vote.” – John Krasinski on his political party.

“All the clichés are true. It's the greatest thing that's ever happened to me. I remember actually Steve Carell before I had kids, before I got married, I asked him and I still think to this day he's described it perfectly. I said, "What's it like before and after kids?" And he said there's no way to combine the two. It's like you have a favorite book that you read over and over and over and over and then one day you put that book down and you started a new book that's your new favorite book and you can't stop reading it. And I thought, that's the perfect way to describe the life before and after kids. I love it.” – John Krasinski on fatherhood.

“The biggest misconception for me at least coming from a place that had no Hollywood connections whatsoever – Boston wasn't a big Hollywood town – was that people are hardened, they're not very good people. That once you get famous you're kind of destined to be a jackass, and that's not true. I've met the most unbelievably dedicated people. I remember Clooney actually said, ‘Hollywood magnifies who you are. If you come in as a good person, you can be a great person. If you come in kind of as a jerk here, you become a different word.’” – John Krasinski on Hollywood misconceptions.

“I come from a big military family. A lot of aunts and uncles and cousins who have served and are currently serving. So for me, I've always wanted to be in a movie that could be anywhere close to telling their story.” – John Krasinski on ‘13 Hours.’

“From the second I shook her hand. That's the truth.” – John Krasinski on when he knew his wife, Emily Blunt, was the one.