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How Chris Pine Created His Own 'Jack Ryan'

by David Weiner 3:30 PM PST, January 10, 2014
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Chris Pine has some pretty big shoes to fill in taking on Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan character in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. While it's clearly not the first time he's faced such an obstacle (we all know that he was able to pull off his own, unique Captain Kirk in the new Star Trek movies), Pine reveals that his take on the CIA analyst character is a bit of an amalgamation of previous takes on the character.

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Jack Ryan has been portrayed by three actors in the past -- Alec Baldwin in 1984's The Hunt for Red October, Harrison Ford in 1987's Patriot Games and 1989's Clear and Present Danger and Ben Affleck in 1991's The Sum of All Fears -- and Pine says, "I always thought about kind of marrying ... this kind of quiet intelligence that I thought that Harrison brought, [and] this kind of fierce confidence that Alec had, and somewhere in the middle is that relatable guy that could be your history professor, could be your best friend."

The Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit storyline finds the Moscow-based Ryan -- an injured Marine recruited to work as a high-level analyst -- discovering a terrorist plot to collapse America's economy, which puts his love (played by Keira Knightley) directly in jeopardy. Kenneth Branagh plays the film's villain and also directs. The origin story from screenwriter David Koepp will be the first Jack Ryan film not based on a previous Tom Clancy book. Kevin Costner, Colm Feore, Gemma Chan, Karen David and David Paymer also star.

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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit hits theaters January 17.

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