Chris Pine on the set of ‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’, in NYC, August 2012.
Chris Pine was already attached when they came to you for the project. Were you sold on him right away? What would you consider his strengths?
Kenneth Branagh: “￼￼A smart, sexy lad, he’s also complex, he’s got wit, and I so loved his performance in that first JJ Abrams’ Star Trek. I think that’s a terrific, terrific movie, fantastic start to that film. God that’s really a smart way of opening a picture in terms of a popular action movie with a bit of substance and it’s partly because they are all so good in it. Chris has intelligence and he has wit, he doesn’t take himself too seriously. He has a bit of a twinkle in his eye, and he could make me believe that Jack Ryan was as smart as we needed him to be. And in terms of the image, we present him as very WASPY and that’s what Jack Ryan is on the surface and we weren’t kind of denying that DNA. He’s a very committed actor and performer.” [ x ]
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