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[Movies] Chris Pine Talks About Playing Jack Ryan
Posted by Joseph Lee on 01.06.2014

In an interview with IGN, Chris Pine spoke about his starring role in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. He is the latest actor to play the role after Alec Baldwin (The Hunt for Red October), Harrison Ford (Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger) and Ben Affleck (The Sum of All Fears). Here are highlights:

On rebooting the character: "With this film we've tried to give him a substantive enough background and backstory so that we understand why he moves and thinks the way that he does. For me it's always more interesting to kind of start from square one, take the fundamental pillars of the character, and around that try to create something new and different. Just like with Captain Kirk, for instance, I can't do what came before and what those other guys did as Jack Ryan – I can only do my version of it. But there are certain things that I think are fundamental to Jack. Like I remember in Clear and Present Danger, I always loved the fact that it was Anne Archer who's driving the Porsche and he's driving a VW Bug. He's kind of frumpy and she's kind of the wunderkind doctor. I like that about Jack – that he's more comfortable in his study. He's comfortable with his books. He's more comfortable putting a puzzle together. He'd rather spend a Sunday at home than go out. He's a homebody. There's a comfort in isolation, but there's really an intense confidence in his own abilities to figure stuff out and to work through things in his own mind."

On the mind games in the film: "What's fun about this movie is that it's very Three Days of the Condor. Very, kind of, All the President's Men. Again, it's a puzzle. Our movie may not have the biggest set-pieces in the world. It's not Star Trek in that there's an incredible amount of visuals… although visually it's very stunning… [but] it's a thriller. It's a plot thriller. It's kind of building up tension piece-by-piece, moment-by-moment, and I look forward to seeing what it turns out to be."

On how Jack Ryan does things differently than other spies: "Bourne has his body. He's physically adept at kicking ass. And Bond looks great and he's kind of brooding and complicated, but he wears a suit well and he drives great cars. I think the challenge with Jack is how do you make dynamic his smarts. His weapon is his brain. He thinks and moves with his mind faster than other people. I think with the Clancy world and the Clancy plots, oftentimes the lead of the story is the story itself."


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