Sundance Daily Warm Up: John Krasinski Praises Oscar Diversity Controversy as "A Nice Call to Arms"

Would he ever work with wife Emily Blunt on a film? "Emily and I would love to work together. I think I'd be terrified to be her director. ... The key is to find that right thing."

John Krasinski is seeing the silver lining in the controversy regarding the lack of diversity among the Oscar acting nominations.

At the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, the actor and filmmaker spoke with THR’s Rebecca Ford for The Daily Warm Up on The Hollywood Reporter on the topic after discussing his latest directorial effort, The Hollars.

"Pushing diversity forward is not only a major step that we all need to take, but it's a responsibility that we should be doing all around," said Krasinski, who recently announced the Oscar nominations. "So as disappointing as I think it is to hear about the Oscars and the lack of diversity in the announcements, i think it's a nice call to arms for the rest of our business to be talking about what movies we're making, who we're allowing to direct that, who we're allowing to be in the stories we're trying to tell."

Krasinski's The Hollars zooms in on an aspiring New York City artist who returns to his Middle America hometown on the eve of his mother's brain surgery. First attached to star, he later also signed on as producer and director. When picking projects, regardless of his role, "It's just about good stories — it's not about comedy or drama or directing or acting, it's just, what can I do to pursue the best story that's out there."

Would he ever consider working with wife Emily Blunt on a film? "Emily and I would love to work together. I think I'd be terrified to be her director. I think that's such a special relationship between director and actor. ... The key is to find that right thing."

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