“This script arrived and was un-put-down-able and I knew the previous films, I’d read some of the books and, simple as that, it came out of the blue. I was going to be making another movie, but it went away and this one came to me and I read it and responded very strongly and it’s the kind of the film that I go to see,” says Branagh, who compares the movie he’s making to ’70s thrillers like “All the President’s Men.” [He also promises that there will be no Dutch camera angles, though that’s a different story.]”
“One man associated with “Jack Ryan” who knows what it takes to embody an Everyman hero is Kevin Costner, who takes a supporting role as a legendary CIA field agent and Ryan’s mentor. It’s a full-circle turn for Costner, who was once offered the lead in “Hunt for Red October,” but chose to do a little revisionist Western called “Dancing with Wolves” instead.
Costner, who graciously came in to chat with reporters on his off-day, has kind words for Pine, who is taking his second rebooted franchise lead after playing James Kirk in a pair of “Star Trek” films.
“There’s thing in America where you’re about six-feet, you’re white or something like that and you get to play these roles. He is stepping into that time-honored spot and it’s not an easy one,” Costner says of Pine. “Everybody thinks it’s easy. It’s not so easy to carry a movie. It’s really not so easy. In fact, it’s the evolution of your stature in Hollywood. I remember when I played in ‘Silverado,’ everybody went, ‘Wow, that guy’s really flashy… That’s really cool… That’s really whatever.’ And then they go, ‘Yeah, but he probably can’t carry a film.’ So it’s always these things that you’ve gotta get over and Chris is in that moment, because he fits the way a lot of these stories read for a traditional lead. So it’s not boring and it shouldn’t be underestimated how good you have to be to actually be able to do that. Other people get to come into the movie and do accents and do little funny things and be incredible character actors and you just have to be Boring Lead. It’s not that it’s “boring,” but you just have to be That Guy and you cannot be concerned if somebody starts to steal the movie… You have to actually be smart enough as a lead actor to want that to happen, want somebody to come and be very flashy and that makes for a better movie. He fits in that category.”
“Pine agrees with the challenge that Costner describes, the responsibility of being the relatable center of world-spanning drama and how Jack Ryan is a different kind of character from one of his logical cinematic contemporaries.
”You know, with Bourne, for instance, Bourne has his body. He’s physically very adept at kicking ass. And Bond looks great doing it and he’s kinda brooding and complicated but he wears a suit well and he drives great cars. I think you’re right in say that… I think the challenge with Jack is how do you make dynamic his smarts?” Pine muses. “His weapon is his brain. He thinks and moves with his mind faster than other people. I think with the kind of Clancy world and the Clancy plots, oftentimes kinda the lead of the story is the story itself. Even with like “Hunt for Red October,” I thought the plot with Connery with even more fascinating than any one of the particular characters and I think with the Ryan character, the challenge is to… You have to excitingly move the plot forward. So maybe the challenge is… you can’t rely on anything in particular and you kinda just have to let the thinking do the work, I guess. I think with this film we tried to give him a substantive enough background and backstory so that we understand why he moves and thinks the way that he does and why that is appealing to him and why perhaps in this particular circumstance, he doesn’t initially… maybe is hesitant to jump right into the story.”