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John Krasinski Slams Critics Who Allege That Many Of His Characters Promote Conservative Politics

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By Chris Barilla

Actor John Krasinski is pushing back against critics who claim that the characters he selects to play, specifically those of military or government affiliation, are done intentionally to promote conservative political ideals on his part. The former 'Office' star, who also has starred in such roles as 2016's political-military thriller "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi," opened up to Esquire about his decisions to select characters and projects that reflect his celebration of the military and respect to those who have served.

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"That narrative is certainly not the narrative I intended to put out there," Krasinski, 40, said during the candid interview, "When people look for something that they want to see, I can’t stop them from a subjective belief in something."

"I have 11 aunts and uncles and cousins who have been in the military or still are in the military, so it was a big thing on my list to get to do a military movie or show or something," the actor continued.

John Krasinski smiles for photographers
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That is not the only government or military affiliated role that Krasinski has received flack for taking part in. His most recent endeavour, starring in the Amazon Prime series 'Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan' as CIA operative Jack Ryan, has also been brought under criticism for exemplifying conservative ideologies.

"As far as 'Jack Ryan' and the CIA, I always say it’s about the people," he said to the publication, "I’ll always respect people who put their lives on the line for people like me, who they’ve never met."

John Krasinski photographed at the premier of 'Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan'
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And after spending time with military personnel on their base, Krasinski commented, "To be honest, I think I went in there very similar to '13 Hours' -- I think I went in there with a more Hollywood version of what I was expecting and what I wanted to get out of it. So, for '13 Hours' I went in there really wanting to learn about the warrior and I think what I really ended up coming away with was being proud to get to know these men."

John Krasinski poses for photographers
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In conclusion, the actor also fought off allegations that his project with wife Emily Blunt, 'A Quiet Place' harbored conservative ideologies as well.

"I never saw it that way or ever thought of it until it was presented to me in that way. It wasn't about being, you know, silent and political [...] That had nothing to do with that."

The actor went on to say that, "If anything, it was about, you know, going into the dark and, and taking a chance when all hope looked lost, you take, you know, you fight for what's most important to you. Again, my whole metaphor was solely about parenthood."

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