You know that bus scene at the start of A Quiet Place: Part II's official trailer? Emily Blunt's Evelyn Abbott stops her car in the middle of the street and quickly drives in reverse as this giant bus careens toward her family? Yeah. That was a real stunt, there was really a bus coming at them at 40 mph, that scene was done in one shot, and what's in the movie is from the first take. Director John Krasinski shared the incredible story of that bus stunt on CinemaBlend's ReelBlend podcast, quipping that it put his marriage with star Emily Blunt on the line.
The trailer to re-watch the shot is below, but let John Krasinski set the scene first. As he should, he starts with praise for A Quiet Place: Part II's main star, Emily Blunt, who also happens to be his wife:
Clearly, they pulled it off, but I can only imagine Emily Blunt's feelings in that moment. But actors are trained to perform under pressure. Not only is Evelyn Abbott someone you want by your side when the world ends, Emily Blunt is the one you want in the car to sell the fear of that situation on screen.
And A Quiet Place: Part II's crew is the exact crew you want to make it all happen. John Krasinski couldn't say enough about the crew that staged that stunt, bringing his vision to life no matter what he asked of them.
That's all one shot and, thankfully, no one got hurt. John Krasinski knew he was asking a lot of his actors, from Emily Blunt to young Noah Jupe as Marcus Abbott. Blunt recently spoke out about this "terrifying" stunt, saying she was proud of Krasinski for choreographing the shot, but she also told the stunt driver on top of the car that her life was in his hands.
Here's more from John Krasinski to ReelBlend on the close-call execution of that one-shot take:
It really adds to the tension to have that backstory. Re-watch that A Quiet Place: Part II trailer scene here:
Well done, everyone. That seems to be the response from early screenings, with a lot of praise for John Krasinski's A Quiet Place sequel. He wasn't planning to make a sequel, never mind show up in it himself, but there are good reasons for his return to screen for part of A Quiet Place: Part II.
The movie looks like it's going to be another horror hit at the box office when it arrives in theaters March 20. Listen to John Krasinski's full interview with the ReelBlend podcast the week of A Quiet Place: Part II's opening. In the meantime, check out ReelBlend's most recent podcast:
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Gina grew up in Massachusetts and California in her own version of The Parent Trap. She went to three different middle schools, four high schools, and three universities -- including half a year in Perth, Western Australia. She currently lives in a small town in Maine, the kind Stephen King regularly sets terrible things in, so this may be the last you hear from her.