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John Krasinski Talks JAM, Pranks, and Leatherheads

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."

More JAM from John, so

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."

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Ejmcmis Ejmcmis 10 years
I've gone through the older seasons on DVD just to tide me over but I want it to START !!!! I can't wait !!!
Ejmcmis Ejmcmis 10 years
I sooo want the office to start again ....
Supergrover Supergrover 10 years
I can't wait for new eps! I saw the BBC version years ago and just fell in love. He is so right about the dynamic between Martin Freeman & Lucy Davis, (Tim and Dawn) they were incredible. Im glad he and Jenna changed their characters to fit their own personalities and the style of this show, which is very different but just as awesome. It makes the Jim/Pam relationship so real and fun to watch... different from any other show duo. *Sigh* To think we went to school together and not once did I run into him, dang!
beingtazim beingtazim 10 years
clearly i need to be watching this!
Chica8a Chica8a 10 years
I cant wait for this show to start again!
smp7328 smp7328 10 years
I love Jim!!! He's so cute!
lara2 lara2 10 years
anyone else do a spittake reading about the nickel phone thing? i totally forgot about that one. the vending machine was my favorite! and i agree with sweetpeamom... clooney *AND* krasinski!? cannot wait for that movie!!!!!
SoBourjois SoBourjois 10 years
He is too cute!
JCP0240 JCP0240 10 years
i wonder how pam & jim's "date" is going to turn out-i hope we find out in the 1st new episode of the season
daniellerocks daniellerocks 10 years
omg....I LOVE THAT SHOW SOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH, i can not wait to see what happens with them. it is the highlight of my thursday while i am slinging drinks. i would love to meet john
Mainly-Obsessed Mainly-Obsessed 10 years
Haha...the phone prank....
sweetheart_450 sweetheart_450 10 years
I can't wait for both the film and show!!
SassAndBide SassAndBide 10 years
lol i love it when he bugs dwight
hunnybee hunnybee 10 years
i love Jim!
mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 10 years
I have no desire to watch this show. Not sure why, but I don't.
Pinkgirl88 Pinkgirl88 10 years
i am getting soooo excited for fall tv
windynini windynini 10 years
Oh John... I can't wait to see what happens with Pam and Jim.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
The vending machine prank is great! Loved the interview, Buzz. Can't wait till The Office returns this season.
SweetPeasMom SweetPeasMom 10 years
I can't wait for Leatherheads, either! Clooney and Krasinski?! :love:
ccsugar ccsugar 10 years
Me too! I love The Office!
c0rkie c0rkie 10 years
i can't wait for the office to start! i miss it so much! :D
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