"The first time I saw it, they give you a tissue box in the screening room, and I thought, ‘Oh, that’s very nice. I don’t have a cold,’” he quips. "And they started screening the movie and 25 minutes into the movie, I stood up and went to the back of the room."
The move confused his British wife, who thought Krasinski wasn’t interested in the film.
"Emily said, ‘Do you not like it? I’ve never seen this happen?’” he recalls. "I was pushing through all of the muffins and bagels that were in the back looking for napkins. I was like, ‘I need anything to stop this crying!’ I was crying so much I blew through the tissue box in 20 minutes, had to go to the napkins, and then when I ran out of napkins it was all sweater.”
Despite admitting his tearful response, Krasinski still keeps it light. When DeGeneres asks, "So, she did a great job?” of Blunt, he replies, "No, it’s not her best.”
Jokes aside, he notes, "It’s honestly one of the most beautiful films. I think it’s exactly what everybody needs at the holidays. It’s pure joy.”
He recalls to DeGeneres how he had never met McConaughey and came up with the "best joke" he's never told. Krasinski says when the bailiff came out, he immediately thought, "All rise, all rise, all rise," which is an homage to McConaughey's iconic line in Dazed and Confused.
The Jack Ryan star goes on to reveal that he’s writing a sequel to his hit horror film, A Quiet Place, “right now.”
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