John Krasinski says pandemic's impact on his kids inspired 'IF'

John Krasinski discussed his latest film “IF” with Jimmy Fallon on Friday, which he said was partially inspired by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on his two children, Hazel and Violet. He explained that during the pandemic, “Really, I noticed his light was starting to go out, and he started playing less and less fantasy sports.”

Krasinski said he always wanted to make a film for his children, but was unsure what story would suit best. He came up with the idea of ​​making imaginary friends “like 10 years ago”, but nothing concrete happened. Over time, the imaginary world in which he saw his and wife Emily Blunt's daughters disappear inspired him.

“I would just stand at the door and watch my children disappear into this magical world that we, as parents, are not allowed to go into,” he said. “And it wasn't just like the happiness that was on their faces, but how authentic they were – they could be anything they wanted in this world. And I said, 'Them, this would make a great movie.'”

Krasinski said he wrote the film in part to inspire his daughters. He said, “I'm writing this movie right now to prove to you that the magical world always exists and you can always go back.”

The film stars Kelly Fleming as Bea, a young girl who discovers that she can see people's imaginary friends and makes it her mission to reunite forgotten imaginary friends, or “IFs”, with their children. Takes.

Krasinski praised Fleming greatly. He said, “I'll be honest, the whole movie goes because of him, because you have this idea and it's extremely ambitious, and it can go so many ways.”

Watch John Krasinski's full interview from “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” in the video above.


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