John Krasinski Discusses How ‘Jaws’ Influenced ‘A Quiet Place’

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John Krasinski roared into popularity while portraying paper salesman Jim Halpert in the NBC sitcom ‘The Office.’ Since then, he has made several film appearances and has stepped into directing with the science fiction horror ‘A Quiet Place’ and its recently released sequel ‘A Quiet Place Part II.’

In a recent interview with Den of Geek, Krasinski discussed how the Steven Spielberg shark thriller ‘Jaws’ influenced how he framed the plot of his sci-fi films.

Speaking specifically about ‘A Quiet Place Part II,’ he explained, “This movie I really want to feel like a throwback.”

He continued, “So it was definitely all the Hitchcock stuff for sure. I watched [that] religiously, and then I watched Alien, but certainly, ‘Jaws’ is a huge touchstone for me. With the opening of [A Quiet Place Part II], I think there’s even visuals I wanted to feel from the sense of ‘Jaws.”

“[It’s] almost like on the beach when we’re at the baseball game, you get that sense,” The ‘Leatherheads’ actor continued. “And I think Jaws is a perfect film, and I think that, storytelling-wise, what I learned from it was simplicity, the strength that comes from simplicity. The idea that just getting your characters you love from Point A to Point B is sometimes journey enough. You don’t have to think of all these crazy ways to ‘sequel’ this thing, you just tell a story that’s organic and real, and it may be as emotionally impactful if not more so.”

“Most recently I certainly loved ‘Us,'” Krasinski continued. “I love everything that Jordan [Peele is] doing. That was an amazing follow-up for me to watch. Most recently what I liked was The Lighthouse. I really loved Robert Eggers’ follow-up to The Witch. [It] was so horror, yes, but such an artistic accomplishment that happened to be extremely eerie and scary.”

As of the writing of this article, ‘A Quiet Place Part II’ netted over 47 million on its opening weekend and has since gone on to gain over 57 million globally according to Box Office Mojo.


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