Chris Pine is no stranger to taking on high-profile roles, after playing Kirk in 2009’s Star Trek, but each time is still a bit nerve-wracking for the actor.
Pine has taken on the latest incarnation of Tom Clancy‘s CIA Analyst Jack Ryan, in a movie that is currently filming.
Taking on the role of Ryan was like “jumping off a cliff,” said Pine. But Pine is not daunted by previous takes on the character as performed by Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck and Alec Baldwin. “Once you kind of jump off that cliff, you’re off the cliff. I can’t be Alec Baldwin, I can’t be Harrison Ford; I can only really do my own thing and stay true to the pillars of this character.”
Pine explained the difference between Ryan and James T. Kirk. “Where Kirk’s a man of brawn, Ryan’s a quieter guy,” said Pine. “He’s not Jason Bourne, he doesn’t have 50 kinds of kung fu. He figures it out like MacGyver.”
In Jack Ryan, Russian Terrorist Viktor Cherevin (Kenneth Branagh) is plotting to destroy the U.S. economy. The film is due out at the end of the year.