John Krasinski says the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on his children 'IF' was inspired by the imaginary Friends movie.


John Krasinski sat down jimmy fallon on Friday to discuss his latest film “IF,” which he said was partly 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 that their lights were starting to go out, and they started playing less and less fantasy games.”

Krasinski said he always wanted to make a film for his children, but was unsure which story would suit best. He came up with the idea of ​​making imaginary friends “like 10 years ago”, but nothing concrete materialized. 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 greatly praised Fleming. 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.

John Krasinski says COVID-19 pandemic's impact on his kids 'IF' inspired imaginary Friends movie The video first appeared on TheWrap.

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