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John Krasinski Isn't Hideous. But His Movie May Be

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | September 8, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | September 8, 2009 |

For about as long as I’ve been familiar with John Krasinski, he’s been working on a cinematic adaptation of David Foster Wallace’s Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, a movie he wrote and directed. I remember back in ‘05, after the first season of “The Office” had wrapped, when Krasinski was doing press for Jarhead, how excited he was about making the movie. Apparently, he spent years on this script. And the thing is: It would take years to turn a David Foster Wallace book into a script, and I honestly appreciate Krasinski’s dogged efforts. But alas: I think it’s to little avail.

David Foster Wallace books will now, and always, resist cinematic treatment. His books are not meant to be seen on a giant movie screen; they are meant to be pored over — labored over, for hours, with a dictionary and a pot of coffee. His books were never about the narratives; they were always about the language. The prose. The ideas. The intellectual rigor. And, let’s be honest: The showing off.

Below is the new trailer for Brief Interviews. It features a cool cast: In addition to Krasinski, the amazingly adorable Julianne Nicholson stars as Sara, a doctoral candidate in anthropology at a prestigious East Coast university who, after getting dumped, conducts a series of interviews with men in an effort to uncover the secret thoughts that drive their behavior. She thinks she can remedy both her heartache and her academic challenges with a new research project and begins conducting a series of interviews with men. As she records the astonishing and disquieting experiences of various subjects, Sara discovers much more about men and herself than she bargained for.

Timothy Hutton, Bobby Canavalle, Will Forte, Max Minghella, Will Arnett, and Dominic Cooper, also star. It’s set for release at the end of the month.

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