Published On: Sat, Jan 18th, 2014

Kenneth Branagh talks ‘Jack Ryan’ acting and directing, action sequences and the budget

Director Kenneth Branagh’s Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, based on the Tom Clancy character, features an original story following Jack Ryan (played by Chris Pine) as he uncovers a financial terrorist plot.

Kenneth Branagh directing Chris Pine Jack Ryan Shadow RecruitStarring alongside Pine is Kevin Costner and Keira Knightley with Branagh as the film’s antagonist. Branagh spoke with Collider about the film, beginning with the double duty of acting and directing.

“I have sometimes said “never again,” and, with 13 years between this one and the previous one, but that was partly because I wanted to have the sheer enjoyment of the single focus.  And, the particular pleasure with that time spent on Thor, just directing, just looking at the whole universe, and, I also really enjoyed acting in My Week with Marilyn.  I’ve been enjoying both things separately a great deal over the last 6-7 years, and this was the first time where – with the size of the part, and the shooting in England – it felt like one where I could really enjoy it.  I think it’s always going to be a case-by-case scenario.”

Branagh discusses the finances of the film and an action from the film.

“Being completely honest, there was an action scene in front of the movie that was challenged early on.  It was one that we kept fighting about, saying that we needed to have it in, which involved Jack’s military career.  That was in and out and in and out, and it eventually, production put it back in, so everybody realized that we needed it.  It was expensive, but we needed to get it.  It was doing story and character, and things that were vitally important for the movie.  So, when you’re looking for budgetary reasons, they’re always looking for big-ticket items, something that brings the check out.  But often, it’s the thing you need (laughs).  Of course, you don’t want to kill any of your darlings, but sometimes, the picture just screams that it has to be back in, and in this case, that’s what happened.”

The Thor director discusses doing more Shakespeare, Cinderella and more – check out the full interview HERE



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