More from the John Krasinski Files…
March 27, 2008 by Kath Skerry
Please excuse the self indulgence, but when your favorite TV actor has a leading role in a major motion picture, well, it’s cause to celebrate.
We’ve been celebrating John Krasinski here on GiveMeMyRemote.com before he was on most people’s radars and I’m not about to stop now, especially when there’s so much to talk about. And until I can land my own dream interview with the guy (a scenario which includes beer and a Red Sox game – I’m a simple gal), I’m just going to have to share those of others.
By Donna Freydkin, USA TODAY
NEW YORK — Scoring the lead in George Clooney’s third directorial effort, the football comedy Leatherheads?
Taking the Oscar winner on in a one-on-one game of basketball, for money?
Living proof of that is John Krasinski, who won a plum part in Clooney’s sports flick but lost a chunk of change to the actor/director while on location in North Carolina.
“It was like White Men Can’t Jump. I was like, movie stars can’t jump. This dude can’t play. And he Woody Harrelsoned me,” recalls Krasinski, 28. “I basically was conned there. He beat me handily.”
True enough, says Clooney, who gives Krasinski credit for being a gracious loser — to the tune of $2,000.
“He’s a really good athlete. He said, ‘I’ll kick your butt.’ I thought, he’ll take me because he’s younger and taller,” says Clooney, 46, who’s 5-foot-11. (Krasinski’s 6-foot-3.) “But I beat him straight up. And he paid right there, but I didn’t take his money.”
No hard feelings, though, Clooney says. “He put a basketball rim up at my house in Italy. He still comes to my house on Sundays and we still play — but not for money because he can’t afford it,” says Clooney. “He’s a good friend. He’s a guy’s guy. Couldn’t be more of a guy’s guy. He’s just fun.” (continue reading at USA Today)