John Krasinski’s ‘The Hollars’: A Family Drama, Warts And All – Sundance Studio

“It’s an idea you think you’ve heard of — a guy who comes back to his hometown to see his family — but it’s just so well written,” said John Krasinski about his sophomore directorial effort The Hollars at the Sundance Film Festival today.

“I thought the script was a great universal story,” added costar Josh Groban, “about how imperfect love is in a family situation and in a romantic situation, how you have to laugh through the tears to stay sane.” Also in the film: Anna Kendrick, Charlie Day, Richard Jenkins, Sharlto Copley and Margo Martindale. Check out my video interview with Krasinski and most of the cast above.

A Sundance alum, the 13 Hours actor saw his  directorial debut Brief Interviews With Hideous Men debut at the fest back in 2009. The Hollars tells the tale of a man who returns home to take care of his sickly mother (Martindale), while at the same time expecting a baby with his girlfriend (Kendrick).

Impressed by Jim Strouse’s script, Krasinski attached himself as an actor six years ago and only more recently decided to direct. “John absolutely pestered me,” joked Day (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) when we chatted in Park City this weekend. “It would be easier to say ‘yes’ to him than to say ‘no’.”

The Hollars premieres on January 29 at 9:30 PM the Eccles Theatre at 9:30PM followed two other screenings this Sundance.

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