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14 Behind-The-Scenes Stories From 'A Quiet Place' That You've Never Heard Of

These A Quiet Place behind-the-scenes stories tell the tale of a film that on paper should not have been a hit. Prior to the surprise box-office smash, newbie director John Krasinski was still widely known as Jim Halpert from The Office. Yet, A Quiet Place made an astonishing $340 million worldwide on just a $17 million budget.

A Quiet Place tells the post-apocalyptic story of evolved alien creatures who somehow land on Earth. They cannot see, but do have exceptional hearing. A Quiet Place’s high-concept premise is simple: If you make a sound, you die. 

The plot makes for an extremely quiet movie. Packed theaters became so quiet that spectators were scared to munch on their popcorn. Coughs were muffled. In fact, audiences barely moved in fear of making a peep. 

A Quiet Place has plenty of terrifying behind-the-scenes stories that you've probably never heard of.

  • Emily Blunt Demanded That Her Husband Cast Her In The Movie

    Like her husband John Krasinski, Emily Blunt is not a fan of horror movies. A Quiet Place, however, is not like other horror films. Blunt has been around the business long enough to know a winning script when she reads it.

    Krasinski initially hired another actress to play Evelyn Abbott in the post-apocalyptic sci-fi horror hybrid, but Blunt pulled the wife card and demanded that her husband cast her in his 2018 movie: "He wrote it, and I had previously suggested a friend of mine for the film, and then I read his script and I was like, ‘You need to fire her. Now. You need to call her and fire her.’”

    Krasinksi actually wrote the script with his wife in mind. However, he was scared to ask her because he didn't want her to accept the role just because she felt obligated.

  • The Original Plan Was To Not Use Subtitles For The Sign Language

    The monsters in A Quiet Place have excellent hearing, but cannot see. Therefore, the Abbott family has to remain completely silent. 

    Lee (John Krasinki) and Evelyn's (Emily Blunt) daughter Regan (Millicent Simmonds) is deaf in the film, and Simmonds is deaf in real life. The family often communicates through sign language to avoid harm from the film's alien creatures. 

    Krasinki originally planned to not use subtitles for when the family is communicating through sign language. The film's co-producer Brad Fuller explained:

    We never watched the movie with subtitles until a month before we finished... That's how John built the movie the first time he screened it for me. There were no subtitles on it. You really got used to it, but I think there was a point where we all looked at each other like, "Let's watch it with the subtitles and see what's really happening. Once that happened, there was never ever a question ever again. It was going to be subtitles no matter what.

    The filmmakers changed their minds because of one scene in particular. Co-producer Andrew Form explained why subtitles became necessary:

    Like the Millie and John scene where he tries to get her to put a new hearing aid in. It's a very emotional scene, but I had no idea... I mean, I knew what they were saying, but as a viewer, I didn't know what they were saying. When you put in the subtitles that really kind of helped solidify not only that scene but also that relationship.

  • It Was Emily Blunt’s Idea To Shoot The Birthing Scene In Order Over A Single Week

    Practically every moment in A Quiet Place is filled with terror and tension. The bathtub birth scene may have been the most terrifying. How does a woman who has just stepped on a nail and must give birth in a bathtub all alone not scream and yell in pain at the top of her lungs?

    John Krasinski initially planned to spread out filming the scene to give Emily Blunt a rest. Instead, she took one for the team in the name of making the scene appear as real as possible. Blunt explained:

    The giving birth sequence was... just really intense, and kind of exhausting at times. We shot it over the course of a week, and I asked John to schedule it. He was like, "Are you going to be exhausted? Do you want to break it up in the schedule or do you want to shoot it all in one go?" So, I just maybe stupidly said, "Let's just shoot it all in one go because then you can get a real sense of the progression of the birth and the throughline of that so that really played out in real time."

  • John Krasinski Wrote 'A Quiet Place' As A Love Letter To His Kids

    It may sound odd to hear that John Krasinski wrote a terrifying horror movie for his two young daughters. However, during an interview with Jimmy Kimmel, the director and host agreed that the movie is about parents protecting their children. 

    "It sounds psychotic, but it's a love letter to my kids. It truly is," Krasinski said.