John Krasinski and Emily Blunt Said 'A Quiet Place' Wasn't Meant to Be Political

John Krasinski's new horror thriller, A Quiet Place, opens in theaters Friday. In a conversation with The Hollywood Reporter, Krasinski and co-star Emily Blunt said they didn't intend for their film to serve as a political commentary Friday. But they aren't mad with the association.

The Paramount Pictures film, which stars real-life married couple Krasinski and Blunt, shows a family of four hiding out in silence as they try to survive against creatures that hunt by sound. The flick has sparked conversation over its apparent political undertones, and Krasinski and Blunt are trying to set the record straight.

"That's not what I was going for, but the best compliment you can get on any movie is that it starts a conversation," Krasinski told The Hollywood Reporter at the film's New York premiere. "The fact that people are leaving and talking about anything is really fun—but certainly about deep stuff like that, is awesome."

Blunt agreed. "People were [asking], 'Do you think this movie is about being attacked for using your voice?" she told THR. "That's not what we were thinking going into it. But it's thrilling that a horror film is creating those kinds of conversations."

At its core, A Quiet Place strives to be a movie about the importance of family, and it's meant to serve as "a metaphor about what family is and the extremes you go to as a parent to protect your kids," Krasinski said to THR.

The Office alum served as the film's star, co-writer and director. It earned a 96 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and an 82 percent approval rating from Metacritic. On Thursday, the horror venture drummed up $4.3 million during its preview night, Deadline reported. And according to Variety, A Quiet Place is estimated to pull in roughly $30 million in its opening weekend. It'll be competing with the sex comedy Blockers.

"I've never been a genre guy," Krasinski said during a Q&A after the film's South by Southwest (SXSW) screening in March, according to Variety. "Emily [Blunt] and I had just had our second daughter. I was already in the world of pure terrified. I thought, 'Why not put it in a movie?'"

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Emily Blunt and John Krasinski attend the premiere for "A Quiet Place" at New York City's AMC Lincoln Square Theater on April 2. Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images