John Krasinski jokes that Emily Blunt was his 2nd choice from Devil Wears Prada

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If there’s one thing I miss about cable, it’s the Graham Norton show. He always seems to get the best stories out of his guests and I’m sure the booze on set contributes.

This past week, Graham had on our favorite current couple, John Krasinski and Emily Blunt. They’re promoting their new horror flick, A Quiet Place. They’re not shy about expressing their admiration for each other, and the discussion led to John’s extreme affection for Emily’s breakout film, The Devil Wears Prada. John has said that he loves the film and has seen it dozens of times. On Graham’s couch he explained how that happened and how he’ll still watch it when it comes on.

John on watching The Devil Wears Prada so many times
It’s one of those things that back in the day, us elderly people used to channel surf. Nobody does that anymore. It’s just one of those movies that whenever you’re going through the channels, you just stop and you look.

John on asking Emily out
When we first met, I was like, ‘I just want to get it out of the way — I’m a huge fan of yours.’ I was full stalker-status. I was like, ‘Hey, you want to go out on a date with me?

Emily on catching John watching Devil Wears Prada
There’s a sort of montage sequence where Anne Hathaway’s got numerous fabulous outfits that they go through. And John, one day I came home, and he was watching it and he was watching the montage bit. And he goes, ‘That’s my favorite outfit.’

John jokes that Anne Hathaway was his first choice
I couldn’t get Annie and so I was like, ‘Ohhhh…’

John on working with Emily
It sounds really sappy, but it’s true: I think it’s the greatest collaboration I’ve ever had in my career. I’d never seen her work. And when you’re actually in the room when she does what she does, it honestly changes the air in the room. Everyone is just completely and totally stunned by what she does.

Emily made John fire the first actress for the lead in A Quiet Place
I actually didn’t want to do it to begin with. I’d just had our second baby and I’d done Mary Poppins so was in a state of joy. But when I read the script, I really wanted to do it. John had already approached another actress – a good friend of mine – so I told him he had to ring her and sack her! Luckily we are still friends.

[From The Graham Norton Show]

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It seems that John made the correct casting decision by hiring Emily, because A Quiet Place has proven to be a hit. It was the top movie at the box office this opening weekend, pulling in an estimated $50 million. It was the second best opening so far this year, behind, of course, Black Panther. Way to go, guys.

Here’s another reason I love Graham Norton. In the interview, he asked John about his signature dance moves, and John admitted “In order to dance without getting hurt, I stretch, so I just make the stretching into the dancing.” Emily added, “he calls it ‘the lunge.’” John then demonstrated his signature dance move in front of fellow guests Kylie Minogue and Tom Holland. The moves remind me of John Cleese’s “Minister of Silly Walks” routine from Monty Python.

These two are just the best, and I’m happy for their success with A Quiet Place. I can’t wait to see it, and hope they continue to make beautiful movies together.

A Quiet Place film premiere in London

A Quiet Place film premiere in London

Emily Blunt leaving BBC Radio 2 Radio Studios after promoting her new film 'A Quiet Place' - London

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  1. Betsy says:

    I don’t care if these two are very far up their own behinds, I like them.

  2. PGrant's Girl says:

    Yikes, she really needs to stop whatever she’s doing to her face!

    • Shambles says:

      I just came to ask if I’m the only one who thinks they’re getting a couple’s rate on whatever it is they’re putting into their cheeks.

  3. Lucy2 says:

    The movie was really good, I’m thrilled to see it open so huge.

    • Esmom says:

      So many people I know saw it this weekend; everyone loved it. I’m happy that I think this might actually be one my teenage son will see with me!

      • DesertReal says:

        My husband and I saw it Friday, and we really really liked it.
        The suspense was palpable, the acting was great, and the whole thing was executed really well.

        *Just try your best to see whatever will be the least attended showing. Someone else’s date wouldn’t shut up about it being boring because no one was talking very much. Like WTF did they think they were watching?

      • Anastasia says:

        @DesertReal! YES! Go to a matinee or earliest showing on like a Tuesday or something. Some people do NOT understand the concept of the film. Two guys in my theater talked loudly throughout the film and the ushers did nothing about it, even though they were told. I had to move four rows away and I could still hear them.

        One of them just commented on EVERYTHING HAPPENING on the screen, but the other one did what your person did: commented nonstop on how boring it was because they WEREN’T TALKING. The not talking thing is a MAJOR plot point! It’s called A Quiet Place! I wanted to strangle that guy.

        Seconding the idea of being very careful when you see it.

      • Kiddo says:

        I was affraid the same thing happen to me about people in the theater, but suprissingly not. They are so well behave, they seems to enjoy the movie, gasping and jumping out of seat at the right time. Kuddos on the success of the movie, always love John and Emily.

      • lucy2 says:

        Ugh people are so dumb!
        Our theater was pretty quiet, except the kid next to me was SO LOUD with his food. I came this close to telling him if he were in the movie, he’d be dead by now, but refrained from doing so.

      • Delta Juliet says:

        I went with my teenage son yesterday. We both loved it!

      • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

        Do it! The Mr & I took out 17 year old twin sons… they even sat with us, lol.

    • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

      It was, and almost too tense for me!! My Mr. couldn’t resist stress-whispering about the excessively tense scenes in the quiet theater and I had to keep poking him with my elbow and giving him the shush sign because it was making the whole thing too tense for me, too, lol!!!!
      Full disclosure: films with excessive peril are difficult for me to sit through!!!

  4. Jayna says:

    Graham Norton is the bomb. I love his show.

    A Quiet Place doubled its box office expectations. It was expected to bring in a strong $25 million the first weekend on a $17 million budget. It raked in $50 million. Stephen King praised John’s film-making.

    We were supposed to go this weekend, but couldn’t fit it in. Next weekend for sure. My two nephews, through word of mouth from their friends, went. They loved it. When you do this genre right, it reaps its rewards at the box office.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      I love Norton as well – have been in the audience and its great fun. I saw his interview with Alicia Vikander and was surprised by how funny she is, saying that I’ve never seen many interviews with her.

  5. QueenB says:

    That must be weird to marry a guy that was a fan of you.

    • homeslice says:

      He comes off like he carries her water and walks two steps behind…

    • Dee says:

      Why? A lot of men are essentially ‘fans’ of their wives – proud of their accomplishments and all they’ve done. I don’t do much (jk I’m in the legal field and somehow have 2 kids) and my husband looks at me like the sun shines out of my ass. I love their relationship. Good for them.

  6. Maya says:

    Can’t believe she is bragging about taking the role away from another actress and a friend at that.

    Used to like Emily but now she is just so smug and snobbish.

    • Lucy2 says:

      The role was never the other actress’, they say right in this interview he never even sent her the script, just called and discussed it when Emily wasn’t interested at first.

    • Krill says:

      Oh please. It was her role to beginwith but she wasnt sure she wanted to do a dark film so she recommended her friend. Her friend hadnt even received the script when Emily changed her mind. And by the way, there was nothing smug about how she said it.

  7. Marie says:

    I hate horrors but I can’t wait to watch this. Not sure if they still do it but fans usually upload the full episode in YouTube, minus the musical part. I still got that episode of his where he interviewed Matt Damon, Hugh Bonneville and Bill Murray saved on my laptop. I watch it after a particularly shitty day at work.

    • Tvtg says:

      It is honestly not scary this movie could honestly also be anaction thriller movie or like zombie ish

    • Xperia says:

      It’s a drama film with some horror thrown in. Lots of horror leaves you feel empty but this one is based around the love of the parents for their kids. It’s like I Am Legend + The Road + Signs + War of the Worlds. Really excellent screenwriting and pacing. I’m a film buff and I’m happy that this small-budget film (17 million only!) is doing so well.

  8. Milla says:

    I loved cleese and silly walk and the whole phyton era. But i cannot look at him the same way, cos he’s awful person…

  9. Nicole says:

    I still find them pretentious hipster Brooklyn dwellers (which is annoying as a Brooklyn native) but they are a cute couple. The movie was stunning filmmaking. I had some issues with pacing in some moments but overall really well done.
    I actually liked this entire episode which was hysterical and enjoyable all around.

    • Krill says:

      Agreed with everything you said. I hate that hipster gentrification nonsense but good film and good interview

  10. Ms says:

    I saw the film this weekend and Emily was incredible. I haven’t seen a lot of her films. His was the first time I noticed how talented she is. I like that the movie didn’t depend on dialogue to set the story.

  11. minx says:

    I just don’t like blonde hair on her, it washes her out. She was so pretty in TDWP with her darker hair.

  12. lobstah says:

    It’s soooo good! So so good. The way horror movies should be. Y’all go see it!

  13. Tig says:

    Horror is not my thing-too chicken!!- but good to see original content do well.
    Love the GN show-can’t wait to check this out. And love the pink and black dress!

  14. Cupcake says:

    Is something up with her mouth? The face tweaking needs to slow down.

    • DiegoInSF says:

      Her mouth has always looked like that. Not everyone’s had surgery.

    • Jaded says:

      Look at some of the early British shows she’s been in – she has not had cosmetic surgery, she just has a charming overbite.

  15. Harryg says:

    I love her but I can’t stand him.

  16. Tvtg says:

    Could you imagine John and Anne as a couple they would be horrible

    • elle says:

      Seriously. I can still make myself cringe remembering her pre-Oscar behavior. Mercifully, she’s pretty much disappeared.

  17. Happy21 says:

    I’m wishing these two would just STFU now thank you very much. No chance I’m seeing their movie now. They grate on me beyond words.

  18. Lucy says:

    Now I really want to see this!! And of course, they’re one of my favorite couples, too.

  19. perplexed says:

    He probably has a great personality (since he has fans, I guess), but as an actor I think he’s kind of boring looking. That’s my first impression whenever I see his face – like someone you’d see having a business dinner with other accountants at your local restaurant.

  20. Electric Tuba says:

    I can’t put my finger on why I personally am not buying what they’re selling as a couple. I’ll see the movie though.
    I’m not down with the Park Slope Stroller Gang because I don’t like drinking in bars with babies. It’s a whole thing haha seriously. It’s super strange to be day drinking and have to watch your mouth because the place is filled with strollers! You have to wear hard toe shoes there because they run over your toes. Other New Yorkers will probably understand what I’m poorly saying. Lol wild world buddy I’m telling you

  21. K.T says:

    I really like action films and I enjoyed Edge of Tomorrow, the one with Tom Cruise getting killed endlessly, thought Blunt was a good action heroine. It was a airplane movie but I felt bad about seeing it because I try not to support anything Cruise is in as he spearheads Scientoloculty but we got totally got totally swept up in the premise, especially when flying in turbulence! I love pretty much any film with kickass female heroes, Blunt’s bitchy superior air in Devil Wears Prada was good for that role. I could see her as a spy in a better new-Bond type starring role. I’ll check out this new movie, was it based on a book though? I feel like I’ve read two books recently about noise attracting pterodactyl thingies in caverns, lol.
    Norton is the best host, he knows how to get a better, funnier version of the stars while still letting them sell their products.