A beloved series or movie always inspires international remakes, but learning that there are more than two dozen versions of “The Office,” including an Indian take, is “shocking” for Hollywood star John Krasinski. “The Office”, itself a remake of the UK show directed by Ricky Gervais, is one of the biggest sitcoms in American television history, running on NBC from 2005 to 2013.
Krasinski, who played the charming Jim Halpert for eight seasons, said he was “shocked” when he heard about the Indian version of the show, which came out in 2019 on the Disney+ Hotstar streamer.
“I’m aware (of the Indian version). I was so blown away. That’s so awesome and so exciting. I think there’s like 26 different versions of ‘The Office’ now or something, which is crazy. I hear the Indian version is very popular and that it’s a big deal, and that’s awesome. I can’t wait to see it,” Krasinski told PTI in an interview.
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“The Office” focused on the lives of the employees of the fictional Dunder Mifflin Paper Company, led by the effervescent manager Michael Scott (Steve Carell). The show’s success is often attributed to the cast of characters it casts, from Rainn Wilson’s snarky and flamboyant Dwight Schrute, to the lovable Pam (Jenna Fisher) to BJ Novak’s perennial intern Ryan Howard and Mindy Kaling’s Kelly Kapoor.
Over the years, its branches appeared in several countries, including Canada, Chile, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Israel and Saudi Arabia. For Krasinski, “The Office” was nothing more than a “creative playground,” ultimately paving the way for his debut as a writer-director with the horror film “A Quiet Place.”
“I never knew directing was going to be something I would do in the future. I have to give so much credit to ‘The Office.’ I mean, ‘The Office’ was my film school. It seemed like I got the best gig in the world as an actor, but really I got the best gig as a creative person,” said the 43-year-old actor.
During the duration of the show, the actor went behind the camera in three episodes and learned about the technical processes of filmmaking.
“I got to see what it was like to have geniuses in the writing room. I was lucky enough to have the camera guys show me all the ‘takes and takes’ of each shot, and then go into the edit and with these editors. see what a first cut, a second cut or a third cut looks like.
“So I was in heaven. It was like a creative playground. Without that show, I wouldn’t have had the courage to try to straighten myself out,” Krasinski said.
His directorial debut “A Quiet Place” was a critical and commercial success when it was released in 2019. The film, set in a post-apocalyptic world, followed a family of four trying to save themselves from blind monsters with a keen sense of hearing. . Krasinski’s actress wife Emily Blunt was also in attendance.
The actor later wrote and directed a sequel, “A Quiet Place Part II” and there is already talk of a third installment. A spin-off titled “A Quiet Place: Day One” is in pre-production.
As an artist who wears many hats — actor, writer and director — Krasinski said he has an “ignoramus” as his multi-striped star. “I don’t see myself that way. Maybe it’s an ignorant way of looking at things, but when I show up, I always look at what’s in front of me. I’m directing, I’m having a blast. I’ve definitely learned a lot as a director from being an actor and vice versa,” he said. said Krasinski, and his acting credits include films such as “License to Wed”, “Leatherheads”. “It’s Complicated”, “Big Miracle” and “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi”.
He currently stars in the third season of his hit Prime Video series “Jack Ryan,” based on the popular spy novel series by author Tom Clancy. What Krasinski has learned from being an “actor who gets to direct” is that every project is a team effort.
“You owe it to each and every one of the hundreds and hundreds of people involved in putting on a show like this. It’s a huge team effort and especially because of the pandemic.
“For us and our team, it was a huge, brave thing. To go back to work and shoot the show. It was awesome,” he said.
Krasinski’s involvement in various aspects of the show’s production was witnessed by his co-star Michael Kelly and has left the actor in awe. “It’s interesting because while we were doing ‘Jack Ryan,’ he’s an actor, but he’s also an executive producer and sometimes a director and sometimes a writer.
It’s all of those things. “As an actor working with a multi-hyphenate person, he wears all these different hats while we’re working. It’s a great learning experience for me and the other actors as well,” Kelly said.
The eight-episode third season of “Jack Ryan” also stars Wendell Pierce, Nina Hoss, James Cosmo and Betty Gabriel. The third season, co-produced by Amazon Studios, Paramount Television Studios and Skydance Television, is live on Prime Video.
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