John Krasinski reveals that the bus sequence seen in the Quiet Place 2 trailer put his marriage on the line with co-star Emily Blunt.
One stunt in A Quiet Place 2 supposedly put John Krasinski’s marriage on the line. Krasinski wrote, directed, and starred in 2018’s A Quiet Place alongside his real-life wife, Emily Blunt. The critical and financial success of the original led to Paramount quickly approving a sequel. However, A Quiet Place 2 was one of the first movies to get a substantial delay due to the coronavirus pandemic. The first trailer for A Quiet Place 2 arrived over a year ago, but the wait for the sequel is finally over.
A Quiet Place 2 allows for Krasinski’s return by showing flashbacks to Day 1 of the monster invasion. The first trailer started with Blunt’s character Evelyn Abbott driving through town with her kids. After a monster smashes atop the car in front of her, Evelyn drives off before having to throw her car in reverse to escape a bus speeding towards her. The scene certainly set the tone for the first look at A Quiet Place 2, yet it seems there was some behind-the-scenes drama involving the stunt.
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Krasinski revealed on Cinemablend‘s Reelblend podcast that the scene involving the bus almost had detrimental effects on his marriage. Krasinski explained that Blunt was shocked to hear that her husband wanted to do the stunt practically, which meant that the bus was actually driving towards her at 40 miles per hour. Krasinski’s explanation of how he got Blunt and the young actors’ families to agree to the dangerous stunt can be read below:
Emily’s (stunt) is so real, I think I put my marriage on the line when I put her in the car. That’s true. When I was explaining to her onset all of the things that were going to happen, and I said, ‘You’re going to hit this stuntman. That car’s going to come three feet from you. And then this bus is actually going to clock at 40 miles an hour,’ her face fell and she went, ‘But not really.’ And I went, ‘No, no, the bus is coming at you at 40 miles. That’s a real bus. And that bus hits that car, and all that is totally real.
Emily, God love her, she still got in the car, but there are little boys in the car. Marcus is in the car. There’s no switch. There’s no nothing. And to go to those parents and say, ‘I promise you the stunt, Paramount safety (and) the stunt guys, they have all okayed this. This is all possible.’ We had that bus within a hair’s breadth of being able to stop. It had all these special breaks so that we could stop real quick. So it’s three weeks of rehearsal for one minute of shooting.
I said to Emily, ‘Do you want to run it once?’ And she’s awesome. She said, ‘No.’ She’s like, ‘Just put me in it.’ And so that take that’s in the movie is her first tale. So that’s her really saying ‘Jesus Christ’ and ‘Oh my God. Oh my God.’ Because she had no idea. It’s like going on the best rollercoaster ride of your life. That was the first take that we did.
Edge of Tomorrow and Disney’s upcoming Jungle Cruise movie have given Blunt experience when it comes to intense action sequences, but the actress was probably more concerned about her young co-stars that were riding along with her. Studios can only go so far with action when children are involved, yet Paramount’s safety team approved the stunt. Krasinski would never have attempted the scene if he wasn’t confident in the children’s and his wife’s safety, and the movie no doubt benefited because of how realistic the finished product looked.
The monsters in A Quiet Place 2 are created using CGI, but the filmmakers behind the original and the sequel clearly know how much practical effects can add to a film’s overall quality. Even though A Quiet Place 2 just came out, critics and fans alike are praising the film and calling it a worthy follow-up to the original. Krasinski and Blunt’s off-screen chemistry definitely shines through in both films. Krasinski could be playing up the disagreement over the bus sequence for the sake of the interview, but regardless, it’s an interesting story about the making of A Quiet Place 2.
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