Sunday, May 19, 2024

John Krasinski: “The Office” Will Finally Address Fictitious Documentary About the Group


John Krasinski’s in town doing press with Gus van Sant and Matt Damon for “Promised Land,” a movie I like a lot about a small town in Pennsylvania trying to decide about fracking. More about that in a minute. Krasinski told us at lunch today that before “The Office” ends, we will see the fictional documentary that’s been shooting for the last nine seasons.

The premise of “The Office” has been that a film crew has been documenting everything going on at Dunder Mifflin. Krasinski says that before the series ends, “the documentary will be addressed.” He also said that he never would have left the series. “I owe it everything,” he said. We will miss Jim and Pam and the whole crew, but let’s face it– by now they would have all been fired or the company would have gone under.

Meantime, there’s “Promised Land” which Krasinski wrote with Matt Damon at their respective dining room tables. Since Damon has four daughters, Krasinski said he was very impressed by the Oscar winner’s focus considering that “four girls were constantly crawling all over him, and he was helping bathe and feed them.”

And lest you think “Promised Land” is anti-fracking movie, it’s not. While drilling for natural gas along the Marcellus shelf has been controversial, it’s also been financially advantageous for a lot of people needing money. “Promised Land” shows both sides.

One more thing: Krasinski says he and Damon considered for a minute having John’s wife, actress Emily Blunt, play the female lead in the film. But, John says: “Matt said she’d be perfect, then realized they’d just been in The Adjustment Bureau together.” Instead, they went with Rosemarie DeWitt, who had just co-starred with Blunt in “Your Sister’s Sister.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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