John Krasinski Responds to ‘The Office’ Fan Theory About Jim Halpert

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“They’re on me.”

John Krasinski and Jimmy Fallon appear on “The Tonight Show” on July 26, 2022. NBC

Newton native John Krasinski shot to fame in the late 2000s with his starring role as prankster Jim Halpert on NBC’s “The Office.” The series places him as an audience surrogate early on thanks to his on-camera “Jim Stare” as he reacts to the antics of his fellow office workers at Dunder Mifflin. But for years now, fan theories (and many, many articles expanding on or rehashing those fan theories) have posed a burning question: Is Jim Halpert the secret villain of “The Office”?

During an appearance on “The Tonight Show,” host Jimmy Fallon asked Krasinski about the pervasive theory, which holds that Jim’s torment of co-workers — particularly office nemesis Dwight Schrute — and his manipulation emotions of eventual wife Pam Beesly make Jim the show’s main antagonist. .

Fallon quickly deflated the question, calling the theory “garbage.” Krasinski, meanwhile, referenced his recent Marvel Cinematic Universe debut as Mr. Fantastic in “Doctor Strange In the Multiverse of Madness” in his response.

“They’re on me because I played [Jim] as a supervillain,” Krasinski joked. “That’s why I did Fantastic Four to balance it out. I had already done the villain.

Krasinski was tight-lipped about whether he would be involved in Marvel’s recently announced Fantastic Four standalone movie, but was happy to talk about playing another iconic superhero on the big screen.

In the animated “DC League of Super-Pets,” which hits theaters Friday, Krasinski plays Superman, while Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson plays his dog, Krypto.

In the film, Superman and the rest of the Justice League are kidnapped, leaving Krypto to assemble a team of pets and save his human companion.

“At first I was really excited to play Superman until they made my dog ​​bigger than me and somehow more handsome,” Krasinski said. “He’s played by Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.”

Krasinski imagined how negotiations between Warner Bros. and Johnson had to end.

“They called and said, ‘Hey, are you going to do Super-Pets?’ [And Johnson said] “Make the dog cooler,” Krasinski joked.

James C. Tibbs