John Krasinski and Emily Blunt on teaming up for their thriller A Quiet Place

John Krasinski and Emily Blunt on teaming up for their thriller A Quiet Place

The leaves are just about to turn on a picturesque farm in Dutchess County, N.Y. It’s October 2017, and production of A Quiet Place is nearing its end. John Krasinski is on triple duty as writer, director, and star, but if the gregarious 38-year-old is feeling stressed, it doesn’t show as he teases the young actors who play his children — Noah Jupe and Millicent Simmonds — before settling back into his director’s chair. The mood is noticeably cheerful for any set, but particularly remarkable for this one: A Quiet Place — in theaters Friday — is a rather terrifying thriller about a family living in silence in order to survive a mysterious threat that hunts via sound. (Trust us, the less you know before seeing it, the better.)

“People are like, Why did you do a horror movie?” says Krasinski. “I didn’t. I chose to do a family movie that happens to be scary.” He and wife Emily Blunt had just had their second daughter when he read the spec script by Bryan Woods and Scott Beck. “I thought this story could be the greatest metaphor for parenthood — I mean, it’d be a terribly cheesy tagline: What would you really do for your kids?”

Rewriting the screenplay came easily — “I knew everything that I wanted to do in three hours” — and it was Blunt who first suggested he direct the film (his third after 2009’s Brief Interviews With Hideous Men and 2016’s The Hollars). After she read the completed script, Blunt told Krasinski he couldn’t let anyone but her play the role. “It is the greatest compliment of my entire career,” he says with a smile. The couple had always been interested, if slightly wary, about working together. Says Krasinski, “A few weeks

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