John Krasinski on the End of ‘The Office': “No one would have known my name if it wasn’t for the show”

John-Krasinski-in-Promised-LandOnce an actor has starred in a television series for a number of years it gets a bit difficult to see the actor in other roles — not just for audiences, but also for those who handle casting.  Case in point, I saw John Krasinski

in a movie this year in which he was essentially playing his Jim Halpert character from The Office with a different name. That’s not exactly the type of role that helps an actor grow.

Krasinski explains that he was inspired by Tom Hanks, who once mentioned on Inside the Actor’s Studio that he took the less-than-affable role of the manager in A League of Their Own in order to break away from his typical 1980s “nice guy” roles.  He explains, “What Tom said was that he took the role because he wanted to play a guy with conflict.  He called his agent and said, ‘I don’t want to play pansies anymore.’ That’s exactly what I’m headed toward … I want to play something a little more real and gritty.”

However, Krasinski admits he didn’t feel he was ready to leap into something too different just yet.  He says, “This is the time for me to step out and show that I don’t just want to play the nice guy roles, and I think I’ll find out what my limits are. I don’t want to do Half Nelson tomorrow. But I do want to push the limits, and this was pushing the edge just a little bit.”

It doesn’t seem like Krasinski was being offered such roles, so Krasinski — along with Matt Damon — co-wrote a movie for himself, The Promised Land.  It’s just the beginning of the next phase of his career, since The Office is in its final season.  Nevertheless, Krasinski is quick to give The Office all the credit for his success, pointing out, “When people ask if I’m going to be sad that The Office is over, they don’t even understand the depth of that question for me.  It’s an era of my life. No one would have known my name if it wasn’t for the show. I wouldn’t have the opportunity to do any of the things I’ve done in my life. I probably wouldn’t have met my wife, unless she came into the restaurant and I knocked her socks off with my knowledge of wine.”

Ultimately though, he understands the major change he’s facing in his career with the sitcom ending.  He reveals, “Everyone’s asking, ‘What’s going to happen to you?’ — which I think sounds a little menacing. Like, ‘Are you going to survive?’ To jump now into total darkness and not have any way to get back will be really, really terrifying. But I’m trying to see it as exciting.

Leave a Reply

Latest Videos

http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/sag-foundation-conversation-with.jpg
SAG Foundation Conversation with the Cast of NBC’s ‘Marry Me’
Earlier this month NBC put in an order for five additional episodes of its freshman romantic comedy series, Marry Me. While that isn’t exactly the shot of confidence that a full-season renewal provides, it’s enough to keep fans of the comedy — which is about an engaged couple who are determined to get married despite […]
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/michael-caine.jpg
Michael Caine Talks About Acting With Your Eyes and Does an Amazing Cold Read of a Script
This week acting legend Michael Caine appears in his sixth film directed by Christopher Nolan, Interstellar. In an interview clip from The New York Times that was shot around the release of the last movie Caine worked on with Nolan, The Dark Knight Rises, reporter Melena Ryzik spoke to Caine about his six-decade career. In […]
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/director-dan-gilroy-narrates-a-s.jpg
Director Dan Gilroy Narrates a Scene from ‘Nightcrawler’ Featuring Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo
Nightcrawler is easily one of the best movies of the year and its star, Jake Gyllenhaal, is outstanding. Definitely check this out when you have a chance. In the above clip, writer/director Dan Gilroy narrates a sequence from the film that features Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo. He talks about giving Gyllenhaal a small piece of […]
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/matthew-mcconaughey-talks-losing.png
Matthew McConaughey Talks Losing the Lead Role in ‘Bernie’ to Jack Black
Though Matthew McConaughey has increased his earned plenty of respect since he started taking on more substantive movie roles in the last few years (with Dallas Buyers Club even earning him an Oscar for Best Actor), one director that always has been a fan of McConaughey is Richard Linklater. Linklater gave McConaughey his first big […]
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/watch-benedict-cumberbatch-film.jpg
Watch: Benedict Cumberbatch Film the Smaug Motion Capture for ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’
Though Peter Jackson‘s movie adaptations of The Hobbit haven’t received the same critical acclaim as his films based on the book’s sequel, The Lord of the Rings (turning a 300 page book into 9+ hours of film tends to do that), fans are still eagerly anticipating the release of the final part of The Hobbit […]