Over at the NYT's Paper Cuts blog, Dave Itzkoff reprints the portion of his recent interview with The Office's John Krasinski that dealt with Krasinski's adaptation of David Foster Wallace's Brief Interviews with Hideous Men. Here's a snippet:
Did you and Wallace ever speak directly as you began work on the film?
We did. I spoke to him on the phone. I think that he misunderstood where we were in the process. We were just about to cast the movie, and I think he was still thinking we were just trying to get the rights. So he was just giving me his blessing. Then we talked about what my understanding of the book was, and he said, I don’t really want to talk about the book, but maybe you could give me a little insight as to where you’re going with this. It was a great stamp of approval to hear I was at least on the right trail.
Were you afraid you might have one of those “Annie Hall” moments where your literary hero tells you that you’ve completely misunderstood his life’s work?
Exactly. “Why don’t you go read Dr. Seuss again?” I know there are way bigger David Foster Wallace fans. I found “Brief Interviews” at a time where I was expanding my brain in any way I could, reading anything I could and seeing anything I could. He was just one of the authors that really rocked things for me. I’m still reading all his stuff and still trying to understand him better and better, because it takes a long time. It’s a sort of a vintage thing.