As arguably the second-biggest beneficiary from NBC's The Office after star Steve Carrell, John Krasinski is fond of his roots. The director and star of A Quiet Place spoke to Esquire about his latest projects and humble beginnings as a member of the modern classic sitcom's ensemble cast.
"'The Office' was absolutely everything to me. I mean it is my beginning and my end. I'm pretty sure at the end of my career I'll still be known for Jim. That was my first experience with Hollywood. It was the first creative family I've ever had. In many ways, they will always be the most important people in that most important experience in my career. So yeah, if they did a reunion, I would absolutely love to do it."
Jim Halpert: Iconic Prankster
Jim Halpert became one of the most endearing characters in the workplace comedy. He started from a humble starting sales at paper company Dunder-Mifflin to becoming an inspiring leader. His prank war with Dwight (Rainn Wilson) provided some of the funniest moments of the series. He often makes Pam (Jenna Fischer) his partner in crime in his pranks. Their relationship was one of the keys to the long-running series' success.
Krasinski never imagined the scale of how popular The Office became since the American series had more episodes than its British counterpart.
"The Office was so big at the time, but I think a lot of people were afraid to cast certain cast members in anything else because they were just known as that one thing, which I completely understood. It wasn't an aggressive anger towards it. It was just a reality that I think I wasn't, if I'm honest, genuinely prepared for."
After "The Office"
Once the series completed its run, Krasinki moved on to directing more projects and took on more series roles. Following his warm reception in the film The Hollars (2016), he followed up with the military thriller 13 Hours (2016). The role vaulted him to an action star landing him the title role in the Amazon TV series Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan.
NBC Universal is rumored to be developing an Office reboot for its streaming platform Peacock. Krasinski acknowledges that while a reboot is a good idea, it depends on the accessibility of the cast. He spoke with Entertainment Weekly on how it can go down.
"Maybe we could do like a Christmas special or something. The British show did a Christmas special, which is like, 'Where are they now?' for one episode because I don't know how we'll get everybody together for 22 episodes"
Krasinski wrapped directing A Quiet Place Part II, the sequel to the 2018 horror thriller – set to release March 20.