Close Encounters of the Krasinski Kind

John Krasinski


One heck of an amazing fan report from lemoñadé:

Hi Tallyheads! lemoñadé here. A few weeks ago, I had an incredible week working on the Tucson and Phoenix sets of Farlanders and figured I would share my experience with you guys, seeing as how I always love reading other people’s fan accounts.

A few months ago, an amazing Northern Attack friend of mine gave me the contact info for the casting agent for this film. Mexicanity and I submitted our information and imagine our surprise when we were called in to be featured extras for this movie in Tucson.

We decided to make it a ladies night and stayed at the resort where they were filming the movie. Our call time was Tuesday at 1:30pm, so we drove in Monday night and just hung out at the resort. When we arrived that night, they had already wrapped for the day but there were trailers and lighting everywhere you looked.

On Tuesday morning, we slept in a little and decided to go grab something to eat and walk around. We were curious to see if we would run into any of the filming but right as we stepped out of the elevator, we were walking into their shots. They were shooting in the lobby of the resort.

We snuck to the back to go grab some coffee and just hung out with one of the PA’s. He let us hang out in the back and take pictures while John and Maya filmed their scenes. It was such a treat just sitting back and watching everything that goes into making a movie and seeing a big time director like Sam Mendes take over.

Our call time came and we went into hair and makeup. The scenes they were filming earlier were running late, so they ended up wrapping us for the day but they needed us to come in the next day.

Our big day finally arrived. Since our shoot was moved to the next day, Mexicanity wasn’t able to make it out. I was on my own. I can’t lie. I was a little freaked out. I had never done this before, so I was just hoping I didn’t end up screwing the pooch. I went into hair and makeup and sat around waiting to be called to set.

While I was waiting, something kind of cool happened. The casting agent had been looking for a double for Maya for Phoenix and was having trouble finding someone with her complexion, when she turned to me and remembered I lived in Phoenix. She asked if I could do it. I said yes and then she took me to some of the production people and they ok-ed me to do it. I had no idea what “it” was but I was going to be doing it.

They finally called me down to be in the scene. I played a bartender and was a few feet from John and Maya. During breaks, they would come sit on the bar stools right in front of me. They were both extremely nice and were joking around. I can’t remember what I said, but I made John laugh and that more than made my day. We filmed quite a few shots and then they wrapped filming in Tucson.

While filming in Tucson, I noticed that there were a few people walking around wearing Dunder Mifflin hats and I saw some Dunder Mifflin stickers on the equipment boxes. I ran into one of the guys who was wearing a DM hat and I told him I liked his hat.

75 comments

  1. i’m so jealous!! The fact that you chatted with John Krasinski for a good fifteen minutes..? damn. i wish i was you.

  2. Thanks for sharing your visit to the set. It sounds like an amazing experience.
    My admiration and love for this man grows bigger and bigger each time I hear stories like this. He is just so kind and down to earth and funny and loveable. Mama and Papa Krasinski must be very proud.

  3. A million and one congrats!! I read it from beginning to end — it was fabulous! I am so happy for you! Thank you so much for sharing that with us. It made my day!

  4. OMG, how exciting!! Not only to work on a movie set, but to work on a movie set with the funny & charming (not to mention attractive) John Krasinski. I would die with delight.

    Thanks so much for sharing!

  5. You know how proud we are of you at NA, girl. But I’ll say it again for the audience here: We are proud of you, lemonade!!!

  6. What a fantastic experience! Congratulations and thank you so much for sharing. I can’t wait to see the movie!

  7. Wow! Thank you so much for this awesome report! What a wonderful experience that seems to have just kept getting better! It’s so great to read how down to earth and friendly everyone was.

  8. Wow, that’s really fantastic! Sounds like you got a real taste of being a star. :) Thanks so much for sharing!!

  9. Wooo hooo! You have just lived my dream! Congratulations!! I can’t wait to see the movie!

  10. Thanks for sharing this with us. I’m sure it was a great few days and I know I’m very jealous. It just made my day to read this and to hear how great John is (even though we all know he is). It’s great to have proof :) You’re a very lucky girl!

  11. Oh my goodness…may I please live vicariously through you? I would have died. He is so adorable, beard or no beard. Thank you so much for sharing!

  12. Awesome write up, chica! I’m so glad you shared that experience with us. You’re my heroine!

  13. Aww, how fun! Thanks so much for sharing. I can’t wait to look for the bar scene in the movie =)

  14. how did you find out about the opportunity to do this? i used to work as a tv extra when i lived in ireland and i would love to do it again! it is so fun!
    what a great story, very very cool!

  15. Hey Ms. L, great job on the write up. Thanks for letting us at NA live vicariously through you. You’re soooo money! (aka VG)

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