John Krasinski Was Ready To Quit Acting Before ‘The Office’

John Krasinski Was Ready To Quit Acting Before ‘The Office’


( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
>>Stephen: GOOD TO SEE YOU. GOOD TO SEE YOU.>>THANK YOU. I DON’T KNOW WHY EVERY GUEST
DOESN’T LEAVE AFTER THAT. THAT’S AS GOOD AS IT GETS. IT’S NOT GOING TO GET ANY
BETTER, GUYS. I’M SORRY.>>Stephen: THAT IS BUTTERY
SOFT SUEDE.>>IT IS BUTTER, ACTUALLY. IT’S MADE OF BUTTER.>>Stephen: WOW.>>A LOT OF NEW YORK ANIMALS
LOVE THIS SUIT.>>Stephen: CONGRATULATIONS ON
EVERYTHING SINCE THE LAST TIME I SAW YOU HERE.>>THANK YOU.>>Stephen: “A QUIET PLACE,”
AN EXTRAORDINARY MOVIE, AN EXTRAORDINARY SUCCESS.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH.>>Stephen: IT BLEW PEOPLE
AWAY.>>THANK YOU.>>Stephen: FIRST TIME OUT OF
THE GATE, THIRD TIME OUT OF THE GATE?>>THIRD MOVIE I DIRECTED.>>Stephen: YOU DIRECTED
“RAGING BULL”–>>THIS WAS MY INDY. EXACTLY.>>Stephen: IT’S A WHOLE NEW
WORLD. NOW YOU ARE A HOT DIRECTOR. THAT MUST BE REALLY EXCITING FOR
YOU.>>IT IS. I DON’T KNOW WHY I’M HERE STILL
TALKING TO YOU, BUT– ( LAUGHTER ).>>Stephen: FAIR ENOUGH.>>I’VE GOT STUFF TO DO.>>Stephen: POINT WELL TAKEN.>>I TRIED TO PROCESS IT, BUT
THE TRUTH IS IT’S SO OVERWHELM WILL NOT ONLY BECAUSE EVERYBODY
WAS SO NICE ABOUT THE MOVIE, BUT TO DO SOMETHING THIS HUGE THAT
CHANGED MY ENTIRE LIFE AND HAVE MY WIFE NEXT TO ME EVERY STEP OF
THE WAY.>>Stephen: YOU CAN APPLAUD
THAT.>>THANK YOU.>>Stephen: THAT DEFINITELY
DESERVES AN AW, AND APPLAUSE. BUT DOESN’T EVERYTHING ABOUT
YOUR CAREER KIND OF, LIKE, BLOW YOU AWAY OR FREAK YOU OUT A
LITTLE BIT? BECAUSE YOU’RE JUST A NICE,
YOUNG GUY FROM MASSACHUSETTS, RIGHT?>>MASSACHUSETTS.>>Stephen: OKAY,
MASSACHUSETTS. YOU WERE GOING TO BE A TEACHER,
I UNDERSTAND.>>THAT’S RIGHT. THAT’S RIGHT. I WAS– I WAS IN COLLEGE. I WAS GOING TO BE A TEACHER ALL
THE WAY UP TILL THE END. AND THEN OUT OF SHEER LAZINESS,
I WENT TO BROWN UNIVERSITY, THAT TOOK– YEAH! HE’S, LIKE, NOUN? WHAT? NO, BROWN. ( LAUGHTER )
AT THE END– SO I CAME IN MIDYEAR. I HAD TO GO TO SCHOOL IN
JANUARY. THEY SEND ME MIDYEAR.>>Stephen: WHY DID THEY
ACCEPT YOU MIDYEAR?>>THEY HAD A PROGRAM FOR THE 32
KIDS THAT DIDN’T GET IN. THEY HAD A– THEY LET YOU IN.>>Stephen: YOU WERE WAIT
LISTED.>>YOU WERE WAIT LISTED AND THEY
SAID, “HANG TOUGH,” WITH ONE OF THOSE KITTEN POSTERS. AND WE WEE GOT IN. OUT OF SHEER LAZINESS, AFTER A
COUPLE OF MY FRIENDS GRADUATED IN MAY, I SAID LET’S FIND A
PLACE THAT TRANSFERS CREDITS AND I WENT TO A THEATER SCHOOL AND
IT CHANGED MY LIFE.>>Stephen: YOUR DAD, DAD’S A
DOCTOR.>>YUP.>>Stephen: MOM’S A NURSE.>>UH-HUH.>>Stephen: VERY RESPECTABLE
JOBS.>>YES GR WERE THEY AT ALL
WORRIED ABOUT YOU DOING SOMETHING QUITE SO VAGABOND AS
BEING AN ACTOR?>>I’M SURE THEY WERE. I’M SURE THEY WERE VERY–
>>Stephen: DID THEY EXPRESS YOUR WORRY? DID THEY SAY, “PLEASE DON’T
THROW YR LIFE AWAY.”>>I WAS LEAVING THAT THEATER
SCHOOL I TOLD YOU. TRULY MY MOM PICKED ME UP AT THE
THEATER SCHOOL AFTER 16 WEEKS OR SOMETHING, AND AS SOON AS THE
DRIVEWAY LEFT THE, I SAID I’M GOING TO NEW YORK AND BE AN
ACTOR. MY MOM SAID THE ONLY THING I ASK
YOU IS IN TWO AND A HALF, THREE YEARS, IF YOU DON’T HAVE ANY
SENSE THIS IS GOING TO HAPPEN– WE USED TO FISH– IF YOU DON’T
GET A NIBBLE OR BITE IN TWO YEARS, YOU HAVE TO MAKE MY ONE
PROMISE. YOU HAVE TO PULL YOURSELF OUT. BECAUSE AS YOUR MOTHER, YOU
CAN’T ASK ME TO GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAMS. I SAID THAT’S SO PROFOUND, AND,
YES, FAIR. TWO YEARS LATER I SAID I’M OUT. THIS IS TERRIBLE. IT’S SO SCARY. THIS IS THE WORST. WAITING TABLES, NOT AS FUN AS
THEY SAY. SHE SAID, “IT’S SEPTEMBER. WAIT IT OUT. WAIT UNTIL THE END OF THE YEAR. DON’T GIVE UP JUST YET.” I WAS TELLING HER TO COME GET
ME.>>Stephen: IN NEW YORK?>>YES. AND THREE WEEKS LATER I GOT “THE
OFFICE.”>>Stephen: THAT WORKED OUT. THAT WORKED OUT.>>YOU KNOW, I GIVE HER A LOT OF
LOVE AND 10%. SHE DESERVES IT.>>Stephen: THAT’S SOMETHING
ALL PARENTS SHOULD KNOW THAT SUCCESS IS THREE WEEKS AWAY. JUST THREE MORE WEEKS.>>WAIT IT OUT. YOUR DREAMS WILL COME THROUGH.>>Stephen: THAT’S
CAREER-FORMING, LIKE, HISTORICALLY FUNNY TELEVISION
SHOWS.>>YOU GET IT. SEE, YOU GET IT.>>Stephen: I ONCE TOLD MY MOM
THAT I WASN’T WORRIED TO BE AN ACTOR. AND SHE SAID– AND I SAID, “I
DON’T KNOW WHY.” AND SHE SAID, “I DON’T KNOW WHY,
EITHER.” ( LAUGHTER )
AND SHE WAS SUPPORTIVE, THOUGH. SHE WAS VERY SUPPORTIVE.>>THAT’S NICE.>>Stephen: YEAH. SO LET’S GET BACK TO “A QUIET
PLACE” FOR A SECOND.>>OKAY.>>Stephen: BECAUSE AS YOU
WERE SAYING BEFORE, YOU AND YOUR LOVELY WIFE, EMILY BLUNT, ARE IN
THIS MOVIE TOGETHER. YOU STAR IN IT. SHE STARS IN IT. IT’S GREAT. HOW DID YOU– I KNOW THIS IS,
LIKE, A BASIC QUESTION, BUT HOW DID YOU UP WITH THE IDEA OF “A
QUIET PLACE”? IT’S A WONDERFUL CHOICE.>>THANK YOU.>>Stephen: THAT– THAT– IT’S
ALL THAT STILLNESS JUST LEADS TO MORE OF THE THRILL.>>IT’S ONE OF THOSE THINGS
WHERE I HAD ACTUALLY JUST GOTTEN THE ROLE OF JACK RYAN, AND THE
PRODUCERS ON JACK RYAN HAD THIS SCRIPT THAT THEY WERE PRODUCING
ON THE SIDE. AND THEY SAID, “WOULD YOU EVER
ACT IN THIS MOVIE?” SO THEY GAVE ME THE SPEC SCRIPT,
AND THE IDEA WAS SO GREAT. I SAID, “THE IDEA IS REALLY
GOOD. BUT I HAVE SOME IDEAS OF HOW TO
CHANGE THE SCRIPT. WILL YOU LET ME REWRITE IT IF I
STAR IN IT?” I WENT TO MY WIFE AND SAID I
HAVE THIS IDEA. WE HAD JUST HAD OUR SECOND
DAUGHTER, AND SHE WAS THREE WEEKS OLD. AND IT’S A MOVIE ABOUT
PARENTINGS, AND I SAID I THINK THIS COULD BE THE GREATEST
METAPHOR FOR PARENTING. I KNOW HOW TO DO IT IF I COULD
MAKE IT ALL ABOUT THE FAMILY. I’LL TELL YOU THIS, EMILY TURNED
TO ME AND SAID, “YOU’RE NOT GOING TO REWRITE AND ACT IN IT,
YOU HAVE TO DIRECT IT.” I SAID, “I’M NOT READY TO DO
IT.” SHE SAID, “YES YOU ARE. I AM LOOKING AT YOUR FACE AND
YOU ARE.” SHE’S THE REASON I DIRECTED THE
MOVIE.>>Stephen:
( APPLAUSE ) WELL, I AGREE– I MEAN, I THINK
IT’S CLEAR– I THINK IT’S CLEARLY ABOUT PARENTING
BECAUSE– I HAVE THREE CHILDREN. AND THERE WERE TIMES WHEN THEY
WERE VERY SMALL THAT I THOUGHT IF WE CANNOT GET THEM TO BE
QUIET, WE WILL ALL DIE. ( LAUGHTER )
BUT I THINK I’M THE MONSTER. ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO BE DONE.>>YOU WOULD BE THE MONSTER.>>Stephen: YOU HAVE TWO KIDS
EAT RIGHT NOW.>>TWO.>>Stephen: ALWAYS A
CHALLENGE. ALWAYS BEAUTIFUL BUT OFTEN HARD.>>IT’S THE BEST. IT’S THAT AMAZING, WONDERFUL
CHAOS. I HAVE A FOUR-YEAR-OLD AND A
TWO-YEAR-OLD. AND THEY JUST BECAME– THEY’VE
ALWAYS BEEN FRIENDLY, BUT THEY, LIKE, HOLD HANDS AND THEY’RE
BUDDIES NOW. EVERY DAY, OH, MY GOD. JUST EVERY– THEY’RE LIKE,
“DADDY, LOOK, I DREW YOU THIS THING.” AND I’M LIKE, “I HAVE TO LAY
DOWN.” EMILY’S LIKE, “PULL IT TOGETHER,
MAN.”>>Stephen: YOU’RE PLAYING
JACK RYAN. ICONIC ROLE.>>IT IS.>>Stephen: DID YOU READ THE
BOOKS?>>I DID READ THE BOOKS. I THINK I WATCHED THE MOVIES
FIRST. I THINK I WAS PROBE 12 OR
SOMETHING WHEN “HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER CAME OUT.”>>Stephen: CLASSIC.>>CLASSIC. ALEC BALDWIN, CAN DO NO FRONG
FOR ME. HE ALSO PAYS ME TO SAY THAT TO
BE FAIR. I REMEMBER WATCHING THAT MOVIE
AND THINKING THAT IS SO COOL AND, YOU KNOW, TRULY, I THINK IN
A WORLD OF SUPERHEROES AND PEOPLE WITH CAPES AND SHOOTING
THINGS OUT OF THEIR HANDS, IT WAS REALLY NICE TO SEE A GIEW
WHO WAS JUST USING HIS BRAIN AND HIS INSTINCT TO DO WHAT WAS
RIGHT AND I ALWAYS CONNECTED TO THAT CHARACTER. AND I THINK IT’S A NICE
CHARACTER TO HAVE THESE DAYS. I HAVE TO SAY THE PREMIERE OF
JACK RYAN WAS LAST WEEK ON THE USS “IOWA” PARTNERED WITH THE
USO, AND I WILL TELL YOU IT WAS ONE OF THE GREATEST EXPERIENCE
OF MY ENTIRE CAREER, BEING UP THERE AND SHARING THAT WITH ALL
THOSE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN.>>Stephen: IT’S A PRIVILEGE. IT’S A PRIVILEGE. ( APPLAUSE )
WELL, WE’VE GOT TO TAKE A LITTLE BIT OF BREAK RIGHT HERE. I’VE GOT A LITTLE BEEF WITH YOU
THAT I WANT TO SETTLE WHEN WE COME BACK. NOTHING SERIOUS, BUT WE’VE GOT
TO SETTLE IT.>>THAT DOESN’T MAKE MEANTIME TO
STAY, SO…>>Stephen: YOU CAN’T LEAVE. WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH MORE
JOHN KRASINSKI.

100 Replies to “John Krasinski Was Ready To Quit Acting Before ‘The Office’”

  1. Krasinski has incredibly accurate face expressions as an actor, I literally could read on Jim's face all he's got to say, without any words.
    Awesome guy.

  2. My favorite actors of all time:
    Big Tuna
    William M Buttlicker
    John Krasinski
    Jim Halpert

    Add your favorites 🙂

  3. Colbert you need work on your interview skills! You seem sloppy and disorganized. For a star like John you are out of your league!

  4. Oh! I didn’t know he directed ‘A Quiet Place.’ But I have one question?
    Why isn’t he with Pam anymore.

  5. I think John should’ve been a therapist if he didn’t go into acting. He has a very comforting and intelligent voice and personality.

  6. John Krasinski seems like alright guy but that movie was trash. idk how my ex talked me into seeing that awful movie

  7. i like john krasinski but that's enough with these "quiet" movies. how many more can possibly be made?

  8. U know he was almost Spider-Man, in 2003/4 Tobey Maguire was not to return as Spider-Man and John Was supposed to replace him as Spider-Man

  9. “In a world of superheroes and people with capes and shooting things out of their hands…” 😂😂😂😂

  10. Wait what movies has he directed?
    I thought force awakens was directed by jj Abraham’s and raging bull came out in 1980

  11. John was Jim for ONE episode as a dwight prank and it was hilarious. The way it changed his life is insane. Imagine what it did for Randall Park.

  12. He should’ve quit acting. Seriously the guy can’t act. He’s terrible. I think he’s just a likable guy but is no better acting than someone in high school drama class. The dude hit the jackpot in life and knows it.

  13. Something tells me the crowd had to be told to cheer towards the end there. I got the feeling that they would have been silent the entire time which would have been awkward.

  14. so john krasinski could've been my teacher…
    damn. let that sink in.
    (also, the odds aren't as low as you'd think. i go to school about 30 minutes from his hometown)

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