It’s true. Emily Blunt isn’t crazy for John Krasinski’s newly transformed body, but Blunt’s fans shouldn’t get overly hopeful that the Sicario actress will soon be single. Krasinski and Blunt are still madly in love and certainly not headed for divorce court. Still, it could be understanding why Emily would prefer to have John back to his old “doughy” self, especially during these wintery nights.
Mr. Krasinski has been hitting the gym these past few months in preparation of his new role in 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi. In the film, John plays a former Navy SEAL who now works as a civilian security contractor, so it’s easy to see why producers of the film would be looking for a certain physique from Krasinski.
John Krasinski Talks About Wife Emily Blunt’s Reaction To His Streamlined Physique
According to what John said on The Late Show, Emily “would prefer to have doughy guy back.” Apparently, the actress currently working on an adaptation of The Girl on the Train, isn’t crazy that Krasinski has reduced himself down to a mere 5 percent body fat. John reveals that he’s shed over 21 percent of body fat across a four month period in order to obtain the washboard abs and muscle bound arms of a Navy SEAL.
Offering his opinion, Stephen Colbert observed that “doughy” is a rather strong word for John’s former body type, prompting Krasinski to clarify his previous statement.
“No, like sweet-face,” Krasinski corrected.
Colbert didn’t comment on the new adjective for John’s former weight, which was probably wise. Instead, he asked if Krasinski had always strived to attain this new physique, or if he had made the change solely for his new film project.
“I looked like that in The Office,” Krasinski joked. “You just didn’t see it much.”
The previous four months were much tougher on John than he had expected. While he knew getting in shape would require some hard work, he hadn’t expected the training to be as intensive as it had been.
“It’s real work, too. I thought it would be like, ‘Yeah, let’s eat a couple Power Bars and do push-ups.’ And he was like, ‘No. It’s going to be a living hell for six to eight weeks.'”
John Krasinski Plays A Real American Hero In 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi
The film, based on 13 hours, a book written by Mitchell Zuckoff, tells the true story of the bombing of an American compound in Libya that killed an American ambassador. Krasinski plays Jack Da Silva, a security contractor tasked with defending the compound, during the aftermath of the initial attack. John’s character has a family of his own, so he has the added turmoil of deciding if he wants to continue with his work or return home and stay closer to his family. Krasinski reveals that his 13 Hours character has to face the consequences of whichever decisions he makes.
While John is primarily known for his comedy work and, more specifically, his role on the U.S. version of The Office, he says he was very excited to take on this role. Though he is interested in crossing over to action and proving he can do well in genres other than comedy, it was his sense of patriotism and the true story behind the film that really drew him to the project.
“I come from a big military family so even to explore a glimmer of the heroism and sacrifice they go through every day — I was really excited to portray that for them and for me. I’m proud to be from a military family.”
John added that he really connected with the character as a person, aside from the political issues. He says that he genuinely empathized with what Jack Da Silva goes through in the film.
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, starring John Krasinski, Toby Stephens, and Freddie Stroma, will hit theaters on January 15.
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