BOSTON - John Krasinski, a native of Newton, Massachusetts, poked fun at his Bay State heritage recently when he appeared in a Super Bowl advertisement that featured a bit of an exaggerated Boston accent. This accent was once again called into question on Monday night when Krasinski, to promote A Quiet Place Part II, appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
There, Colbert asked Krasinski to teach him a Boston accent. It resulted in Colbert testing out some iconic movie quotes in a Boston accent, including the famed, "May the force be with you," from Star Wars. However, Krasinski did not approve of the accent.
Instead, he offered Colbert some advice by pointing out the typical Boston accent attempt, which is to say, "Havard yard car park" with a complete lack of the "R" sound. Referring to this, Krasinski said, "Stay casual," and cited that people need to try the accent "with twenty percent of that energy."
The full interview between Colbert and Krasinski can be watched just below. It was uploaded to the official YouTube channel of The Late Show.
It is borderline painful to watch the Boston accent be butchered so openly (not that it was ever a stellar accent, to begin with). But at least Krasinski has an awareness that the stereotypes surrounding the accent (and the go-to inflections that non-Bostonians tend to put on the voice) are not entirely accurate. He's doing his best to curb those impressions.
Krasinski's new film, A Quiet Place Part II, opens on March 20 and it is certain to bring scares to a movie box office that has been sagging in recent weeks, especially with the news that many films would be foregoing their original release dates to account for the coronavirus' impact on film-goers' willingness to venture out to the theater. The sequel to A Quiet Place seems to be coming out soon enough to avoid those concerns, but time will tell. Anything seems possible now.
The film was directed and written by Krasinski and he also will appear in the film, alongside Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, and Noah Jupe. Cillian Murphy and Djimon Hounsou are among the new cast members for the film series. I'll be rooting for the film's success and quality! With Krasinski at the helm, it's a sure bet, especially for all who love actors who continue to represent Boston proudly. Especially when they are on talk shows.
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