In the recent book published by Brian Baumgartner on “The Office”, comedian John Krasinski revealed what was the only sequence he had categorically refused to shoot so as not to disappoint fans of the series.
Endearing, endearing, sometimes moving … Jim (John Krasinski) and Pam (Jenna Fischer), characters adored by fans in the series The Office (available on Netflix), undoubtedly form one of the outstanding couples of the small screen.
Yet, as the book recently revealed Welcome to Dunder Mifflin: The Ultimate Oral History of The Office written by Brian Baumgartner, the exemplary romance of the two lovers almost knew a major turbulence at the end of the series. Indeed, during a plot imagined by the writers for season 8, Jim was initially to deceive Pam with Cathy (played by Lindsey Broad) while his wife was on maternity leave.
A scene that was to take place in a hotel room, but that John Krasinski categorically refused to shoot, preferring to reject Cathy’s advances, in order to preserve the couple and not betray the fans of the series.
“This is the only time I remember having put an end to …”, tells John Krasinski.
“I remember saying things that I never thought I would say before, like, ‘I’m not going to shoot this.’ There is a threshold beyond which we can afford to push our audience. They are so dedicated. We showed them so much respect. But there comes a time when if you push them too far they won’t come back. And I think if you show Jim cheating [Pam], they won’t come back. “
Radically against the idea of crossing the red line, John Krasinski was on the other hand willing to tell the ups and downs of the Jim-Pam couple, even going so far as to suggest to the co-creator of the series Greg Daniels that the two characters could “flirting with the limit each on their own, then coming back together.”
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The Office: in order not to shock fans, John Krasinski refused to shoot this scene