How John Krasinski ‘Was Living” ‘A Quiet Place’ Script | Close Up


(upbeat music) – It’s so much to me that you
wrote a movie about silence. What prompted you to that, and is it a different writing a screenplay that really has almost no dialogue? – Very different and
terrifying, but it was– – [Peter] It’s only four pages long. – Yeah, yeah, yeah, it was easy. (writers laughs) I basically cheated.
– Yeah, but you did it in a couple hours.
– Exactly. No, it was one of those things
that came as a spec script to me as an actor first, and
the spec script had the idea. The idea was fantastic,
this idea of a family living silently to protect
themselves from creatures. But we had just had our second daughter, and so I was legitimately holding a three week old baby,
reading about a family of what would you do to protect your kids? And so, I don’t know, I’ve
never had this before, I connected to this material more than anything I’ve
ever connected to before because I was living it. I was living those days
that anybody with kids knows that you’re actually
checking their breathing, and you’re checking to
make sure they’re alive and healthy and happy
and all those things. And I said, “If I could
rewrite the script, “I could bring this to
be the best metaphor “for parenthood,” that I
had experienced, at least. And I went down and I
pitched my wife, I said, I think I can rewrite this script and make it about our kids. It’s a love letter to our kids. And she’s like, “The one about the creatures
killing everybody,” and I was like, “Yes, it’s perfect.” (writers laughs) And she was actually the one who said, “Then, you have to direct it,” because I pitched her in about
three hours and she said, “You have to go direct the movie, too,” which turned out to be a
good idea thanks to my wife. – Were you scared of screwing
up your own screenplay? – Absolutely, yeah, because I mean, to me, it was a high wire act, and I’m sure everybody can
agree there’s something about the high wire act
that’s so much more appealing than the easy one, and so I was terrified of sound being not only a main character, but the main character. But I was also so excited by it, and it was really nice to
be apart of a movie, for me, that on set, it was unraveling its ability to be successful everyday. So what I mean by that is the
first time we shot the scene of the family walking to the bridge, I could actually hear crew members saying, “Wow, the woods sound so amazing!” And you realize that they hadn’t listened to their environment in years. (energetic music) I wrote the whole backstory, I know where the creatures came from, how they all ended up in this place, and you were talking about
advice, or something like that, and it wasn’t note, but my
first script was Promise Land that I wrote, and Focus Features did it. And we went into this marketing meeting, and I was super new to the whole business, but certainly the aspect of writing. And at the end of the marketing meeting, there was this amazing guy, Jack Foley, still also one of the best
accents I’ve ever heard, and I remember just leaving
the room, I turned to Jack, and I said, “What’s the
biggest misconception “in the movie business?” And he didn’t even hesitate, he said that audiences are stupid. He seemed very frustrated by it, and he said nobody wants
anything delivered to them, sugarcoated on a spoon, they
actually really want to work. They’re frustrated that
you’re not making them work. And without a doubt, when
I was writing the script, I literally thought of
that story and said, “All right Jack, you better be right.” And so, I basically took
out all the backstory, and what I thought was if I
could pull off the magic trick of having the entire backstory in one set, which is my office
downstairs, my workspace, the entire backstory is on that board, and my whole idea for it was
I don’t want the audience to be ahead of the family. The family doesn’t know what’s going on, and if you’re ahead of them,
you won’t care about them. And so, you can only get this information as the characters are
getting this information. And it was really, really fun to do. (energetic music) I don’t even know if this
was a young age to read it, but I remember feeling in sixth grade, I remember the visual of our teacher dropping To Kill
a Mockingbird on our desks. And I remember thinking this is thick! (writers laugh) I was just reading
Clifford the Big Red Dog, and now it’s To Kill a Mockingbird. And I actually specifically
remember having, probably I’d had some before, but a seminal conversation with my dad about To Kill a Mockingbird, and he revealed that it
was his favorite book. And there was something
about his admiration of the teacher, his interest in the fact that I was connecting to
this story as a sixth grader, and I really wanted to talk about it. And I remember that opened a whole door. Truly, it changed my life. I mean, my dad was always
so open and amazing, but my dad was the type of person who would ask you your
opinion about everything and make sure that you
always had your own opinion and that book really started
that, and it was huge. (upbeat music)

29 thoughts on “How John Krasinski ‘Was Living” ‘A Quiet Place’ Script | Close Up

  1. This THR interviewer has improved and is much better at listening. I appreciate the effort and growth. Love hearing John’s point of view!

  2. that movie was awesome and I didn't even realize that John wrote nor did I realize that was his real wife lol that's awesome!

  3. This is still my favorite movie of the year so far. I love the way the horror was such an amazing genre to make this metaphor that the horror is not the real story… i hope it gets awards recognition

  4. Wow the interviewer asked the question and then stfu…people Can change! I️ thought John would have to side eye the camera with all the interruptions.

  5. Can't wait for this full thing to drop. I swear to God they better have Paul Schrader included a lot….the man is a movie God

  6. The alien is blind…they are terrestrial…they cannot smell…they cannot sense anything…they are only attracted to noise. Any sane people in real life situation…or lets say…governments…or military…would easily use that against them no? Instead of bein quiet…you make lots of noise at one place…say a stadium…or a hangar…or a large field…and blow them all into pieces. And just do that all over again, no? Why would not anyone do that? The aliens depicted were not highly intelligent at all…they were just attracted to noise and slice the hell of whatever is noisy. Anyone with the slightest intelligence would use that against them. I welcome John Krasinski…please, if you are willing…to come and answer this question. Because i find the whole storyline is beyond imbecile and absurd.

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