Chris Pine as Jack Ryan in 'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit'.
It’s Chris Pine’s turn to play CIA operative Jack Ryan and the actor is more than thrilled to step into the iconic role.
Chris Pine has always enjoyed watching movie stars like Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck and Alec Baldwin bring to life Jack Ryan, the famous character created by author Tom Clancy.
Each of these actors brought a different facet to the fictional CIA operative, who uses his brains rather than brawn, in the films based on Clancy’s books – Clear And Present Danger, Patriot Games, The Sum Of All Fears and The Hunt For Red October.
Hence, when Pine was approached to play Jack Ryan in an origins story – Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit – he said yes immediately.
In a transcript provided by the film distributor, United International Pictures, Pine – who shot to fame after playing Captain James T. Kirk in 2009’s Star Trek – said: “After the first Star Trek, they offered (the role of Jack Ryan) to me and I hadn’t seen a script at that point but I love the character. I was more familiar with Jack Ryan than I ever was with Captain Kirk. I’ve always loved spy thrillers and I just jumped on it immediately.”
At the same time, the 33-year-old Pine knew he had to bring something different to the film directed by Kenneth Branagh as there will definitely be comparisons drawn to the previous actors playing the character.
“When Ken and I started, we talked about how often in films you see so much death and mayhem and violence and no one ever really pays attention to it. So we thought it would be interesting to see ... what happens when an everyman is thrown into an extraordinary situation where he has to do things that you wouldn’t necessarily do on any given day and how does he deal with seeing death?
“How does he deal with inflicting violence? How does he deal with potentially killing someone? ... So I like that human aspect (the film) has.”
Shadow Recruit tells the story of how Jack is recruited into the CIA by a veteran operative (Kevin Costner). Soon, he uncovers a terrorist plot planned by Russian Viktor Cherevin (Branagh). Also mixed up in the story is Jack’s romance with a surgeon, Cathy (Keira Knightley), who has no idea that Jack is now part of the United States’ intelligence team.
The secret naturally causes a rift between the couple – and to make matters worse, she is kidnapped by Cherevin’s henchman.
The Los Angeles-born actor felt it was important to tap into a current concern – terrorism.
“I can’t tell you how many conversations I had with everyone involved. For me, the question always came down to what it meant to be a patriot because Jack is a patriot of sorts. And my contention was that in a post 9/11 era, the world is much greyer than it was 25, 30 years ago,” Pine reasoned. – Mumtaj Begum
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit opens in cinemas nationwide on Jan 16.