The cast of "The Office" will start production on the show's fourth season today in Los Angeles, which means it's only a few short weeks now till we find out what will become of our beloved Pam and Jim after the third-season finale. After the hilarious NBC comedy panel at the TCA press tour, I joined a group of reporters chatting with John Krasinski about the Jim and Pam dynamic, as well as his upcoming role in Leatherheads and his favorite Dwight prank. For highlights of what he had to say, read on ...
On where he'd like Jim and Pam to go: "I think that it would be interesting to see — after all that pressure — to see what a relationship would be like. I feel like there would be some sort of awkwardness. ... There's a lot of fun stuff you could do with it — and then there's a lot of fun stuff you could with making people wait a little longer."
On what's up with Karen: "Rashida [Jones] is back, as far as I know. I think she's back for a couple episodes. ... She didn't get to say her piece. I think she'll come and slap everybody in the face and then just walk out. It'll be glorious."
On creating the Jim/Pam dynamic with Jenna Fischer: "I constantly am thinking about Martin Freeman and Lucy Davis [Tim and Dawn from the BBC version of "The Office"] and what they gave to us. It's really a gift; they're so perfect in what they did. So us playing the relationship had to be between Jenna and I, and sort of finding little things that we do. We hang out a lot together on set and we talk a lot about it, and Greg [Daniels, the executive producer] is so nice to let us have a say in it. Working with her has been a real treat. We both sort of understand the awkwardness and where it's going, and we love putting the brakes on."
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On the rabid fan reaction to Jim and Pam: "There's a real reality thing there. I think you're not dealing with two characters, you're dealing with two people who have insecurities, and they have fears. I know from my point of view, playing this character, it's not easy to tell some girl that you love her after she's been almost married. ... I think we're dealing in some pretty wild, complicated stuff, and so it's not just your regular love story."
On whether he'd leave "The Office" for film: "Oh my god, no. I'll be there every single day until Greg thinks he doesn't want to do it. And when Greg doesn't want to do it, maybe then I won't do it. But no, I'll be there till the end, for sure."
On his favorite prank Jim's played on Dwight: "I think there are two that stand out. The vending machine, I thought was genius. And then, I think this was a really small one because it was within a bunch of other pranks, but filling the phone with nickels. I wish I could ever claim that I was smart enough to do something like that."
On his famous reaction shot: "It's pretty easy when you're dealing with Steve [Carell] and Rainn [Wilson] because their characters are so off the wall that it's very easy to make those looks, because I think that if that person actually existed in my world I'd be hoping that all my friends saw that. ... I think Jim's like, 'Please, America, tell me you saw that.'"
On his role in Leatherheads: "I am the jock, the best player in the country ... I played [football] all my life, never organized. [Doing the movie] was kind of a training exercise. The fact that you're doing it on film means that you can't screw up and then do another play, you've got to do that play over and over. So when the play was that I had to run a hundred yards down the whole field, I think George [Clooney] started doing a couple of extra takes just to get some amusement."