Arts This One’s for Bradley Steinbacher
posted by June 8 at 16:07 PMon
Over bottles of two buck Chuck last Friday at my old friend Ben Gibbard’s house, I picked up some interesting knowledge from my new friend John Krasinski. You may know Ben from his indie-rock sensation band, Death Cab For Cutie, or perhaps from his work in The Postal Service. John used to be an intern on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, but you probably recognize him as the dude that plays Jim Halpert on The Office.
A few years back, while he was still waiting tables in NYC, and well before the success of The Office, John managed to sweet talk his way into buying the film rights to Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, a collection of short stories by David Foster Wallace published in 1999. I didn’t really get to the heart of what the hell Krasinski was thinking when forming his game plan for this project; frankly, I was gobsmacked by the daunting notion of adapting Wallace’s epic prose into film.
I mean, come on, we’re talking about some heavy duty writing, stuff that doesn’t scream out make a movie out of me! It’s not exactly blockbuster-making material and I would guess that Krasinski had to do some serious hustling to finance the project. I have a feeling that Wallace’s literary agent probably thought the project would never get off the ground.
But, not only did Krasinski manage to get the project off the ground, he scored a slew of interesting actors, including Oscar winner Timothy Hutton and our very own Benjamin Gibbard. It is Krasinski’s debut as a director and, based on his real-life charm and abundance of smarts, I think it’s going to turn out pretty well.
Shooting for Brief Interviews with Hideous Men wrapped early this year and the film is currently in post-production. It is the first David Foster Wallace book to be adapted to film. It is also Gibbard’s first role on the big screen. He will not be leaving his day job in Death Cab For Cutie for the bright lights of Hollywood any time soon. Whether or not the recent stamp rate increase will affect any future releases from The Postal Service is yet to be determined.