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Steven Zeitchik: “The celebrity-industrial complex offers plenty of reasons for skepticism. But I marvel at how John Krasinski has conducted himself. Krasinski worked two years on his new movie, A Quiet Place Part II. It was clearly a labor of love. It was also a really good film, skillful & scary & human & entertaining. He was a week away from putting it out–heck, he even presided over its premiere. And then–boom, pandemic. Many of us, if something we poured our hearts into for 2 years was suddenly shelved and couldn’t be seen by anyone–if something we poured our hearts into for 2 WEEKS was suddenly shelved–would crawl into a hole, rage against the fates & embark on a tear of unrelenting self-pity. What does Krasinski do? He doesn’t feel sorry for himself. He comes up with a YouTube show, ‘Some Good News,’ using his connections to bring in big names and his skills to create some joy in a world that badly needs it. And he throws himself into it with gusto, as if it’s the only thing that matters, as if his shelved project never existed. He undertakes initiatives to brighten the lives of the people who most deserve to have their lives brightened right now. Which, let’s face it, many of us would never have the centered-ness or selflessness to do. I’ve interviewed him and think he’d likely laugh this off, like what would be the point of dwelling on what’s lost, let me focus on what I can do to help. And that’s what makes his actions so striking. It turns out you can be hugely talented and still keep in mind what those talents should be used for. Clearly there are a lot of people doing more life-saving work right now. But I’m not sure there are many modeling a better attitude or priorities.”

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