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John Krasinski Insisted on Hiring a Deaf Actress to Play His Daughter in 'A Quiet Place'

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Most people know John Krasinski best as the actor who played affable paper salesman Jim Halpert on The Office. However, A Quiet Place, which premiered on April 6 in the United States, is Krasinski's directorial debut, and the film is already making waves: it led the box office with a gross of $50 million on its opening weekend, and has enjoyed positive reviews from critics and audiences alike (it has a 97% Certified Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes).

When he was in the process of casting his first feature film, Krasinski had more than a good story in mind—he was also very conscious of accurate representation in his casting. In the film, Krasinski's character's daughter is deaf, and the director insisted she be played by a deaf actress.


During the casting process, Krasinski pushed for deaf actress Millicent Simmonds.

Simmonds made her debut in 2017's Wonderstruck, which was also acclaimed by critics. Though only 14 years old, she's already an advocate for the deaf community. In October 2017, she told People:

I want to see more deaf people have the opportunity to become actors. And I want [hearing people] to know that it's okay to learn ASL. 98, maybe 99% of deaf children with hearing parents, their parents do not learn sign language and the children are forced to speak and lip-read. At my school, I see all the deaf children who are frustrated because their parents don't sign and they don't communicate with them well. The oral approach to lip read and speak is very anti-sign language and I want to say, learn sign language first. It's very easy for everyone to learn. No one is judging you and it'll be an amazing experience.

Scott Beck, one of the film's writers, told Huffpost what it was like having Millicent on board.

We always had a deaf character in the script, but John really pushed for them to hire Millicent. She came to set and taught everyone sign language. It was really amazing and brought an extra depth to the film.

In A Quiet Place, monsters roam a post-apocalyptic world and hunt anything that makes even the quietest sound. Simmonds plays the daughter of Emily Blunt and John Krasinski (who happen to be married in real life), who must raise their two children in complete silence while also preparing for the birth of a third.

If your a fan of suspenseful thrillers OR deaf representation in modern films, 'A Quiet Place' might just be the film for you!

H/T - Huffpost, People

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The wizarding world is now a reality.

Sort of.

A Canadian company has created a real life invisibility cloak, and it's mind-blowing to see in action.

The company, HyperStealth Biotechnology Corp., calls its creation "Quantum Stealth."

See it in action here:

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Describing themselves on their website as "Leaders in Camouflage, Concealment, and Deception", HyperStealth has patents pending on their magical invention.

The "invisibility shield" is made of an inexpensive, paper thin material that bends light to make objects appear to be invisible. The company boasts that it would be able to hide people, vehicles, and even buildings.

Humans hidden by Quantum Stealth would also be undetectable to heat-sensing cameras.

Meet the Canadian who created a real-life invisibility shield youtu.be

Guy Cramer, the CEO of HyperStealth and the shield's inventor explained to CTV News:

"This is the same material that you see in 3D books and DVD covers and movie posters where by moving side to side you get a 3D image. We're using the same material and we've removed the picture from behind it to get that effect."

The material was never meant to for public use, but Cramer hopes that his invention will be helpful to Canada's military allies, including the United States.

Since releasing video demonstrations of the "invisibility cloak", military personnel have become interested in learning more about it.

Reception to the prototype, initially demonstrated to militaries in 2011, was lukewarm. But HyperStealth's recent promotional materials have since caught the attention of higher ups.

Cramer has expressed surprise about the public's interest in "Quantum Stealth" on Twitter.

Cramer admitted to CTV that he has reservations about how the material can be used:

"The intention was to keep it out of the public and to allow the military to use it sparingly or bury it. My concern is the criminal element using this at some point in the future and non-allied countries using it against our soldiers out there."

Fans of the Harry Potter series are comparing "Quantum Stealth" to Harry's Invisibility Cloak.





Featured in both the book and movies, Harry's Invisibility Cloak is a made from a magical fabric that he and his friends wear to appear invisible, usually to hide from Hogwarts' staff.

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Twitter is in awe of the invention's unbelievable capabilities.





Though some people share Cramer's worries about it falling into the wrong hands and its use in warfare.





Despite the public's excitement and concerns, Cramer doubts that it will ever be available for civilian use.

When addressing "Quantum Stealth's availability to the general public, he wrote on the HyperStealth website:

"Not in the near future unless the Military decided to release the technology and I don't anticipate that will happen anytime soon."

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