I know it’s a risky move to make a bold statement that includes the words “everyone,” “no one,” “always” or “never,” but I’m still going to do it because I honestly believe this: Everyone loves John Krasinski.
My theory is that it’s because most of us watched the US version of The Office at least once over the course of its eight-year/nine-season run. On that mockumentary NBC series — which racked up a hefty 145 award nominations and 29 wins (including 3 Emmys) — Krasinski played Jim, a salesman at the Dunder Mifflin paper company who was hopelessly in love with the receptionist Pam (Jenna Fischer), always pranking the office nerd Dwight (Rainn Wilson) and trying to keep boss Michael Scott (Steve Carell) in line. Jim, infamous for looking directly into the camera with a wide variety of hilarious expressions, was a character many of us could relate to. Perhaps that’s why the Pam and Jim wedding episode was one of the best hours of television ever, and I’m not the only one who thinks so. (Seriously though the gif at the end of that article made me cry… again.)
So there’s the Jim Factor, which I think extends beyond Krasinski’s character and onto the actor himself. People still think of him AS the lovable Jim in real life, because their personalities do seem extraordinarily similar. For example, Krasinski is a notorious prankster, as evidenced by his long-running feud with his old neighbor, late-night host Jimmy Kimmel. Check out Krasinski’s latest elaborate prank, which aired on Kimmel’s show last week.
Like Jim, John also has an incredible wife in the form of actress Emily Blunt. Also like Jim, John eventually left the career he was comfortable in for so long and took a risk, attempting to branch out from network TV into film, and from acting into producing and directing.
While he had won bit roles over the years even before his time on The Office, it wasn’t until 2009 when he really started making a name for himself on the big screen. That was the year I first remember seeing him in a lead role in the indie Away We Go opposite Maya Rudolph, and then he also had a standout role as Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin’s son-in-law in It’s Complicated. He similarly stole the show with his supporting performance in the romantic comedy Something Borrowed starring Kate Hudson (if you like “chick flicks” and have never seen that one, I HIGHLY recommend it).
From that point forward, John’s been a busy guy. In addition to marrying Blunt and raising their two young daughters, he’s had starring roles in dramas like Promised Land (which he also co-wrote and co-produced) and true-story thrillers like 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (another one I highly recommend — even though Krasinski is totally jacked in it and not all ALL Jim-like).
And then there was A Quiet Place, the surprise hit of Spring 2018. Krasinski, who wrote, directed and co-starred in the alien thriller alongside Blunt, was just as blown away as everyone else was about its immediate, massive success — so much so that he hadn’t really thought about ideas for a sequel. But because it’s one of the top 10 highest-grossing films of the year and the fourth-highest-grossing “supernatural thriller” of all time, there IS going to be a sequel. It’s already been greenlit and is scheduled for release on May 15, 2020.
In the film, blind alien beasts have invaded Earth and find their prey (um, us) using super-sensitive hearing skills. I DO NOT LIKE horror films but finally caved and watched A Quiet Place because the buzz was overwhelming. So to my fellow anti-horror peeps, I would firmly put this movie in the “thriller” category. There’s no blood and guts, no violence — it’s all just scares and extra-high tension. It’s yet another Krasinski film that I would highly recommend.
But John hasn’t stopped there. As you may know, he’s currently executive-producing and starring in the Amazon political-action-thriller series Jack Ryan, which was renewed for a second season. That’s another role that’s moving him further and further away from his Jim persona, but I think that since John’s won us over on his own merits in the five years since The Office has been off the air, we’re OK with it.