Newton native John Krasinski will probably always be known for playing Jim Halpert on “The Office,” but his first foray into horror has been a success.
“A Quiet Place,” directed by Krasinski and starring him and wife Emily Blunt, is a critical and box office hit. The film earned $50 million in its opening weekend and has a 96 percent freshness rating on critical aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes.
Krasinski also received praise from horror maestro Stephen King, who called the film “an extraordinary piece of work” in an April 6 tweet.
A QUIET PLACE is an extraordinary piece of work. Terrific acting, but the main thing is the SILENCE, and how it makes the camera's eye open wide in a way few movies manage.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) April 6, 2018
During an appearance on “Late Night With Seth Meyers,” Krasinski revealed that he also traded emails with the Maine native, who Krasinski called “literally the king of horror.”
“He wrote me an email, and one of my favorite things was I said, ‘Oh my God, you’re also the biggest Red Sox fan,’ and he said, ‘if you ever want my tickets,’ and I was like,” Krasinski said, pausing mid-sentence to pantomime passing out from shock. “So that’s happening!”
Meyers and Krasinski also discussed an unsettling scene in the film, which is set in an apocalyptic world ruled by terrifying monsters with supersonic hearing. In the film, Blunt’s character has to give birth in silence, which Meyers compared to his wife, Alexi Ashe, giving birth to their second child in the lobby of their apartment building on Sunday.
“Emily has to do a scene where she’s birthing without making a noise, and it’s terrifying,” Meyers said. “And then your actual wife gives birth in the lobby, and you’re like, that was nothing! Because you think monsters are scary, but nothing’s more scary than ‘Oh my God, our doorman is going to see my wife’s genitals.'”