- John Krasinski is releasing a new book titled Welcome to Dunder Mifflin: The Ultimate Oral History of The Office.
- In the book, Krasinski reveals the “only time” he refused to film one of Jim Halpert’s scenes.
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Similar to his on-screen persona on The Office, actor and director John Krasinski seems like a super down-to-earth, agreeable guy. But even still, there was a moment where he had to draw a line in the sand while making the famed sitcom, and that moment came during season 8 when the producers wanted him to make out with Cathy, the office administrator who filled in for Pam while she was on maternity leave.
Krasinski, believing it wasn’t true to the Jim Halpert character or his relationship with Pam, refused.
“That’s the only time I remember putting my foot down,” Krasinski reveals in his new book Welcome to Dunder Mifflin: The Ultimate Oral History of The Office.
“I remember saying things that I never thought I’d say before, like, I’m not going to shoot it. My feeling is there is a threshold with which you can push our audience. They are so dedicated. We have shown such great respect to them. But there’s a moment where if you push them too far, they’ll never come back. And I think that if you show Jim cheating, they’ll never come back.”
If anyone knows how a character should act, it’s the actor who played them for close to a decade. Good call, Krasinski.
All seasons of The Office are currently streaming on Peacock.