In person, John Krasinski doesn’t seem all that different from his television alter-ego, Jim Halpert. He’s easy going, perennially charming and usually smirking, ever ready with a clever quip at just the right moment.
In Ken Kwapis’ ambitious new political comedy, “Big Miracle,” Krasinski portrays Adam Carlson, a small town reporter assigned to the small town of Burrow, Alaska patiently awaiting his chance to move on to a bigger market. Just as he gets ready to head for the lower 48, he stumbles upon the story of three gray whales trapped within quickly expanding ice in the Arctic Circle. Carlson breaks the story and, pretty soon, the entire world descends on Barrow to cover it. Set in the late 1980’s, the unlikely story is based on the book “Freeing the Whales: How the Media Created the World’s Greatest Non-Event” by Tom Rose, which chronicles the often unbelievable tale of how the little story grew into a national media event.