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Sundance Film Festival – The Office‘s John Krasinski Takes on Hideous Men

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There were Inauguration viewing parties scattered throughout town yesterday, but the crowd at the Racquet Club theater had gathered to watch Brief Interviews with Hideous Men. The movie marks the writing and directing debut of actor John Krasinski (best known for playing Jim Halpert on The Office) and is an adaptation of a short story by the late author David Foster Wallace. Krasinski first became interested in acting after taking part in a staged reading of Brief Interviews while at Brown, and later acquired the film rights to the story. While Krasinski had Wallace’s blessing for the movie, the author of critically acclaimed bestsellers like Infinite Jest and A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again committed suicide last fall and never saw Krasinski’s film.

Starring Julianne Nicholson (Kinsey) as an academic who starts doing research into the male experience as a way of understanding her most recent break-up, Brief Interviews gives an all-star cast (including Timothy Hutton, Will Arnett, Lou Taylor Pucci and Josh Charles) a chance to dig into the deeper, darker (and often very funny) recesses of male behavior as Nicholson listens and learns.

When asked about Wallace’s untimely suicide last year, Krasinski spoke with reverence and sadness: “I believe he was one of our greatest writers.” As to if he was worried that a future distributor might try to sidestep the movie’s tricky mix of comedy and drama and market it as a feel-good comedy starring “Jim from The Office” Krasinski shook his head, “God, I hope that person doesn’t work for us…”

Krasinski added: “I would never shy away from The Office — I hope that any sort of help that The Office can give to this movie is great, but I think that it’s so completely different, and I think everybody understands that. Starting with David Foster Wallace and understanding that his work isn’t necessarily… (bright, cheery, trailer voice) The Buddy Next Door! I give a lot of credit to the audience; they’ve been so good to me on The Office and are smart and intelligent, so I’m assuming they’ll do the same thing for Brief Interviews with Hideous Men.”

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