John Krasinski started crying while watching ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ and couldn’t stop


I can’t really get the pulse on how people here feel about Mary Poppins Returns. It’s got Disney PR behind it , which means it’ll be in our faces for a while so I hope you are all on board. As I said before, I’m looking forward to it. Like, I didn’t need a MP sequel but since it’s here, I expect to like it. If John Krasinski’s reaction is anything to go by, I best steel myself for an emotional wallop. John told Ellen DeGeneres (clip below) that the Krasinski-Blunt family was treated to an advanced screening over the Thanksgiving holiday. He sat down for it excited, but by the end, he was a sobbing mess.

John Krasinski was not prepared for the emotion that overcame him when he watched the love of his life portray an iconic childhood character.

The Office alum, 39, shared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Wednesday that he was lucky enough to see an early showing of his wife Emily Blunt‘s new film Mary Poppins Returns, in which she plays the titular magical nanny. He recalled that he was initially surprised to see tissues in the screening room, thinking that they wouldn’t be necessary because he “didn’t have a cold.”

He continued: “25 minutes into the movie, I stood up and went to the back of the room, and Emily said, ‘Do you not like it? I’ve never seen this happen.’ And I was pushing through all 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 when I ran out of napkins, it’s just all sweater.”

Then when DeGeneres asked if his wife, 35, did a great job, the father of two joked, “It’s not her best,” before changing direction. “It’s honestly one of the most beautiful films. I think it’s exactly what everybody needs at the holidays, the pure joy,” he said.

[From People]

I don’t know why, but I don’t have any problem with Emily and John’s public lovefest. Maybe he’s just that good of an actor but I absolutely buy that John is simply that enamored with everything his wife does. And I certainly believes he loved her movie, he has a history of that already.

I can’t get past the bagels, though. There is nothing in my life that the right bagel can’t cure.

As I said, I was looking forward to this film but now I’m starting to worry if I’ll make it through it. Between Lin Manual Miranda’s crying jabs with the songs and John’s inability to turn the waterworks off, what are we in for? Sure, the original had a scene or two that tugged at the heartstrings, but this sounds like I’ll need a theater with chairs that allow me to curl into a fetal position. You know what, I’m here for it. I can use a little pure joy right now.

Here’s the clip:




Photo credit: WENN Photos and EllenTube

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  1. Becks1 says:

    I think one of the things about John and Emily that makes their lovefest tolerable is that they didn’t capitalize on that relationship to become famous or to sell movies or anything. They are just two successful actors who seem to genuinely love each other. I think it also helps that they seem like nice, down to earth individuals – so I like them both separately, so it makes sense that I like them together.

    As for the movie – I wonder how much crying is over the emotion of it being MARY POPPINS and how much is over the actual movie. Like if this was the first MP, would it still be so emotional? I assume the answer is no but I guess we’ll find out. I am excited for it. It looks like its going to be well done, Disney doesn’t cheap out with things like this, and like every other woman in her mid 30s I adore all things Lin Manuel Miranda, so I’m really pumped.

  2. anniefannie says:

    This is kinda of OT but if you haven’t tuned into his Jack Ryan series ( Amazon Prime) it’s amazing! I don’t have prime and caught the 1st one at a friends house and now I’ve been driving over whenever possible to finish the series.

    • Esmom says:

      Good to know, thanks. My teenage son was looking for something to watch and the loves The Office and Krasinski. Should be right up his alley.

    • Nikki says:

      I usually hate anything with violence, but Jack Ryan was so very intelligently written, well acted. and just well produced all around, my husband and I binge-watched it. I’m sad I was such a glutton, because now we are floundering for a good series. I watched Mrs. Maisel, and it’s obviously well done, but I’m no where near as intrigued and involved as I was for the Jack Ryan series. 🙁

      • Esmom says:

        I just watched The Romanoffs and Homecoming on Amazon and liked them both. The Romanoffs is very slow, a la Mad Men, but I liked that. It would be a huge shift from the action you just binged!

      • Nikki says:

        Thanks, Esmom. I’ll give them a try!

  3. canadiangirl says:

    The trailer hit me in a very emotional way and had me tearing up, so I fully expect to be a mess after this movie but I can’t wait to see it and take my children.

  4. LT says:

    I’m going to see it and take my kids (including my teen boys), too. The original was one of the first movies I introduced to my future step daughter when I was first getting to know her and it’s been a touch point throughout an incredibly emotional 18 months with her, so I expect to weep throughout. Good thing theaters are dark!

    • Esmom says:

      Aw, that is so sweet. I couldn’t pay my teen boys enough to come see it with me but the movie doesn’t have the same significance as it does for you. Enjoy!

      • LT says:



        It’s actually really sweet – they think of it as “family time” and humor me when I ask them to watch movies appropriate for their little sister/step sister. My sons prefer more grown-up stuff, but they rent those and kick me out of the room and watch those with my fiancé. It helps that they both really like movies, so they ok watching a wide spectrum of movies.

  5. Esmom says:

    I can relate. I was once blindsided by a movie that left me sobbing helplessly, too. Toy Story 3! I literally could not stop crying, even just thinking about it afterwards made me cry again, and my kids were mortified beyond belief.

    • Zan says:

      I did this in the movie Up. I took my son and a friend for his 5th birthday and began sobbing within moments. When I was crying at yet another point in the movie, my son leaned over to me and asked, “Are you crying AGAIN???”
      And, yeah, I also cried in Toy Story 3. Luckily I had taken him to see it in 3D, so the glasses helped me hide the tears.

      • Esmom says:

        I’m sure I cried in Up, too. I probably hid it from my kids because I don’t remember the same incredulous reaction they had to me around Toy Story 3, lol.

      • LT says:

        Gaw – the opening montage of “Up” makes me sob. Jeez – I’m at the airport now and just thinking about Ellie makes me want to cry.

      • BeanieBean says:

        Oh, the first ten minutes of Up slayed me, but what a lovely movie. I’m not tearing up now. Squirrel!

      • Nikki says:

        “Up” was a real tear jerker, c’mon! My husband was bawling…

    • Lucy2 says:

      Toy Story 3 is brutal.

    • susiecue says:

      Both of those movies had me borderline sobbing. SOOOO moving!!!

  6. karin says:

    See, I think they totally shill themselves as the loving couple. Like, they are the down-to-earth-totally-in-live-supportive-of-each-other couple. That‘s their schtick. It‘s marketing genius, if John wasn‘t such an over-actor playing his part.
    Emily is a fake. She acts like she‘s a sophisticated Brit who has to put up with the USA, because that‘s her bread and butter. John is a boring frat-boy who tries to appeal to the female audience by seeming like such a loyal hubby. I do believe he thinks he married up, just like he says, but him professing it aaaalllll of the time is so hokey.

  7. skipper says:

    This story is so sweet! I just watched A Quiet Place for the first time last week and now John and his wife are one of my favorite celeb couples. They seem so genuine to me. I feel like I need to watch Jack Ryan now.

  8. ms. thompson says:

    All I can do is roll my eyes when I read anything about those two. Gag me with a spoon.

    I love Mary Poppins, but nothing can top Julie and Dick.

    • Nikki says:

      I told my husband, “I never want to be one of those old people who starts every sentence, “In MY day..” How do you know they won’t be as good as Julie and Dick?? At least see it first!

  9. Kebbie says:

    I love these two, they seem to really just enjoy each other’s company. And he obviously adores her. I’m pumped for Mary Poppins, I think it’ll be great.

  10. Betsy says:

    So Beaches meets Mary Poppins? I’m on board!

  11. TaniaOG says:

    I think it probably evokes a lot of childhood memories for people. I remember being a blubbering mess when I watched the trailer for that Mr Rogers movie. Not sure if that ever came out???

    • Jerusha says:

      The documentary is out on dvd/blu ray now. Isn’t Tom Hanks making the movie version?

      • jan90067 says:

        Mr. R will always hold a special place in my heart. And there is SO much need for him now! The doc will also be seen on PBS in January. Keep your eyes out for it 😊

      • outoftheshadows says:

        I saw the documentary about Mr. Rogers and started crying about 15 minutes in and didn’t stop for the rest of the movie. Saved myself years of therapy bills.

  12. susiecue says:

    I love to read stories about them. It’s always something sweet that makes me all warm and tingly inside.
    BUT I will not be seeing this film. I’m too big a fan of the original.

  13. Cay says:

    “There is nothing in my life that the right bagel can’t cure.” Amen, my friend, amen! (But it has to be the “right” bagel!)

  14. vegasschmegas says:

    Just watched the trailer, and honestly, I’m not feeling the love. My Mom was a HUGE Disney fanatic, and she would drag me (as a child) to the movies, just so that SHE could see them. God, I miss her……………….

    • jan90067 says:

      LOL. I used to do the same thing to my nephews when they were little (so I wouldn’t feel like such an idiot sitting there, alone, with my popcorn). They did enjoy (most) of them, and of course, I got my cuddle time in, too…win-win 😊. Sigh… good memories!

    • Nikki says:

      Sorry Vegasschegas…My mom’s been gone more than 20 years, and I still miss her every day. We are lucky to have had special women as our moms.

  15. xdanix says:

    I really like John and Emily, and I love how much they love each other, and I’ve never found it annoying or anything. I think part of it is that they just seem to be such NICE people who have fun together. It’s no small thing for any couple to still, after 10 years together, not only seem to still really love each other but also really LIKE each other and enjoy each other’s company- let alone a Hollywood couple, where 10 years is more like 20 there!

    Plus, I’ve always found his attitude to her success so lovely. We’ve seen time and again men having trouble with their wife being the more successful one and relationships breaking down because of it- not just in Hollywood!- but not these two. He’s always unabashedly adored her and delighted for her in her success, and he’s the first one to call himself the president of her fan club or whatever. It’s really nice and refreshing to see.

    • Sash says:

      Same, I just hope it’s genuine.

      • xdanix says:

        I think it is. I mean, I certainly hope it is, ha! I’d be very sad if we ever found out it wasn’t. But no, I do think it is. Maybe it sounds funny to say considering this is a conversation about actors, but I think you just couldn’t fake that kind of warmth and genuine feeling so perfectly. Not for THAT long.

  16. Flying fish says:

    John is so fake, it’s ridiculous.

  17. Kilo Tango says:

    I cried at the trailer – it’s been a rough week!

  18. Abby says:

    They are a hard no for me. John is especially grody to me when he starts gushing. I would take it much more seriously if he just said, “it was a really beautiful film and it moved me to see my wife playing such an iconic role.” Not the whole “I was sobbing into my sweater and pushing bagels aside to find a napkin” story. Just stop.

  19. Biscuit says:

    I like Emily and I’ve liked John since A Quiet Place. I agree he’s just totally in love with his wife but also obviously helping her sell her film. The trailer actually looks really good to me but I love musicals anyway.

  20. cantgoogleme says:

    He gets so much popularity and press from the fawning over his wife, he’s hamming it up IMO.