John Krasinski’s Epic ‘Office’ Prank on Ryan Reynolds for ‘IF’

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John Krasinski, best known for his role as Jim Halpert in the hit TV show “The Office,” has cooked up a creative promotional stunt involving his fellow actor Ryan Reynolds for their upcoming film “IF.” This movie, slated for release in 2024, centers around the whimsical concept of imaginary friends. Fans of “The Office” will catch on quickly to the familiarity of the stunt, as it mirrors one of the show’s most memorable moments.

In a bid to generate buzz around “IF,” Krasinski has cleverly repurposed a prank from “The Office.” The original gag unfolded in the ninth season’s third episode, where Jim Halpert’s identity is humorously “replaced” by an Asian actor, leaving Dwight Schrute flabbergasted. This time around, Krasinski has brought the joke to life for the movie’s campaign. Ryan Reynolds uploaded a video on social media that also will broadcast during the Super Bowl LVIII on February 12, 2024.

The clip features a faux “making of” from “IF,” where John Krasinski appears strikingly different. Reynolds calls attention to this dramatic change. Much like the TV show prank, actor Randall Park is seen standing in for Krasinski. The ploy attempts to bewilder viewers by suggesting that Krasinski, or his character, has always been Asian—recalling the legendary guffaw of the series.

This particular practical joke ranks high in “The Office” humor hall of fame for its elaborate nature, highlighted by the moment Dwight scrutinizes a photo of “Jim” standing with Pam and their supposedly Asian kids. The ruse captured the essence of Jim’s ongoing joke war against Dwight, known for its creatively outlandish setups.

While John Krasinski’s portrayal of Jim in “The Office” remains iconic, he has successfully ventured beyond the confines of comedy. His recent roles include directing and starring in the 2018 horror film “A Quiet Place,” as well as playing a variant of Reed Richards in 2022’s “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” and headlining the role of Jack Ryan in the critically acclaimed Prime Video series, which concluded its fourth season in 2023. This shows Krasinski’s versatility across various genres in Hollywood.

The film “IF” tells the heart-tugging tale of a girl with the unique gift of seeing imaginary friends forsaken by the children they once guided. John Krasinski, Ryan Reynolds, and Cailey Fleming lead the cast of this eagerly anticipated film. There’s a clever play-on-words hidden in the movie’s title: “IF” is an acronym for “Imaginary Friends,” but it also poses a hypothetical “if” that invites audiences to unleash their imaginations. Make sure to mark your calendars for May 17, 2024, which is when this enchanting film will make its debut.

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