Actor John Krasinski hit out at criticism of his portrayal of military personnel, insisting that he has nothing but respect for men and women who serve in the U.S. military.
Forty-year-old Krasinski, who is well-known for his roles in "The Office" and the hit Amazon Prime series, "Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan," also said that criticism over his military-style roles is unfounded.
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In 2018, Krasinski also faced blowback for lauding the Central Intelligence Agency and meeting members of the agency during a series premiere of "Jack Ryan."
"I completely nerded out when I went to see [CIA agents]," he admitted at the time. "[T]hey were the most unbelievably diverse, intelligent, giving and generous group and we are so lucky to have them."
He added, "I met incredibly dedicated people and very honorable people and people who are putting their lives [on] the line in a whole different way. And, if chosen to do that selfishly — I don't know, there's nothing more heroic than that for me."
He told Esquire that he has nothing but respect for those in the military — including members of his own family.
"When people look for something that they want to see, I can't stop them from a subjective belief in something," he reasoned. "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 longtime actor, who was also featured in "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi," added, "If you start breaking down every single CIA event, do I respect and honor all those? Of course not. Of course not. Do you respect and honor every facet of every single president? Of course not."
He added, "As far as Jack Ryan and the CIA, I always say it's about the people. I'll always respect people who put their lives on the line for people like me, who they've never met."