The Surprising Reason John Krasinski Scored the Role of Jim Halpert in 'The Office'

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After watching (and rewatching) The Office for nine seasons, it's hard to imagine anyone other actor as Jim Halpert. But back in the day of auditions, John Kransinski almost blew it. Or at least he thought he did, according to DailyActor.

Long before his big break on The Office, Krasinski was simply a loyal fan of the original U.K. version In an interview with NPR, he shared the story of his audition, including the moment he overshared his feelings and fears about the American retelling with a guy who turned out to be the executive producer. What a Jim thing to do! He recalled:

"One guy sat across from me and said, 'Are you nervous?' And I said, 'Oh no, you either get these things, or you don’t. What I’m really nervous about is them screwing up a perfect show. The Americans always have the ability to screw up these amazing British shows and I’m afraid this is going to be another one of them.' And he said, 'Oh great. I’m Greg Daniels, I’m the executive producer.' And I genuinely almost threw up right on his shoes."

Much to Krasinski's surprise, that little screw up turned out to be what landed him the gig. He added that Daniels later told him, "Honesty is the best policy. It's the reason you got the role." And the rest is binge-history.