Paramount Pictures
Kristine Fellizar
July 07, 2018 9:32 am

If you haven’t seen this year’s surprising horror hit A Quiet Place, don’t worry. We’re not about to drop any spoilers. But we are going to get into the details of a very memorable scene featuring a nameless (but very vocal) man in the woods. If you haven’t seen the movie, after this, you’re going to want to check it out ASAP.

In the scene, John Krasinski’s Lee and Noah Jupe’s Marcus are returning home when they come across the man in the woods. It’s a standout moment, because about 99% of the movie focuses solely on the four (and eventually five) members of the Abbott family. So to see another human living under such dire circumstances comes as a huge shock to both the characters and the audience.

Now, if you’re a horror movie fan, you probably know that seeing a random man in the middle of the woods out of nowhere doesn’t exactly bode well for the characters involved. Not to mention that the man’s dead wife is laying on the ground next to him. Lee can tell that the man is about to scream, so as a last-ditch effort to keep him quiet, Lee serves him the infamous “shh.” Tension builds as anguish slowly fills the man’s face before he lets out a terrifying scream. In a movie that’s very premise is, “If they hear you, they hunt you,” it’s no surprise how things end for him.

Now, Leon Russom, the actor who plays the man in the woods, is opening up about that memorable scene from A Quiet Place.

In an interview with Bustle, Russom talked about the motivation behind the scene and just how powerful it really is.

“It was always about a man who’s staring at blackness, at a horror that he can’t contain and the only way he can react to it is to kill himself, so he has to force himself to scream," Russom said. "This man is in such a state that he can’t really deal with anybody else’s feelings. He’s just completely destroyed by guilt and grief ... he can’t bear it anymore. He can’t bear the loss of his wife and the horror that’s going on around him."

Pretty intense stuff.

Russom admits that getting into the mindset of someone who has lost all hope and sees suicide as the only option was difficult. But he did say that Krasinski, who also co-wrote and directed the film, helped him with the process. Russom said Krasinski would “put on his actor’s hat, then he’d put on his writer’s hat, then he could put on his director’s hat with such ease.” It was clear to him that “something really good” was going to come out of it.

"I knew that I was working with a serious filmmaker who had thought it all out as much as you can think it out in advance and that gives you, as an actor, a great sort of cushion... you feel comfortable because you know you’re in the hands of somebody who knows what they’re doing."

If you loved A Quiet Place and are ready for more, good news — you’re getting more.

At CinemaCon back in April, Paramount chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos announced that a sequel to A Quiet Place is already in the works. Krasinski himself even said he had an idea for the sequel already. There’s still so much to explore in this world, regardless of whether it features the Abbott family again or not. We’re just super excited to see what’s next.

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